August 20, 2012 Mobile, Alabama—Following an extensive review, the Joint Commission has accredited Providence Hospital as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, one of only six such centers in the state of Alabama, hospital leaders announced today.


According to the Joint Commission, the certification process is designed to help hospitals “continuously provide safe, high-quality care, treatment, and services.” The certification process involved an analysis of policies, medical practices and procedures; patient chart review; and an onsite visit by a team of surveyors.


Stroke certification is especially important in Alabama, which sits in the nation’s “stroke belt.” According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2010 age-adjusted incidence of stroke in Alabama was 4.1 percent—highest in the nation. This compares to a national rate of 2.6 percent. Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and nearly half of older stroke patients experience moderate to severe disability, according to the CDC.


“This certification recognizes the outstanding work being done in our Emergency Department, inpatient units and ancillary departments in diagnosing and treating stroke,” said Clark P. Christianson, system president and CEO of Providence Health Ministry.


About Providence Hospital Providence Hospital, a 349-bed facility and member of Ascension Health, cares for more than 14,000 inpatients and 160,000 outpatients each year. Providence Hospital is affiliated with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network®, a subsidiary of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center recognized as the nation’s leader in cancer care. Other specialized services offered at Providence include open-heart surgery, obstetrics, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. Providence has performed more open-heart surgeries than any other area hospital in five of the last seven years, and delivers more babies than any other private hospital in Mobile. ###

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