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Published on December 12, 2011

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals Awarded Stroke Center Certification

Darby, PA - After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia have proven that they have the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We are proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” says Kathryn Conallen, Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals. “We are pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community.”

The comprehensive stroke care program at the two hospitals includes emergency care, designated stroke units, rehabilitation and patient support groups.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program – the nation’s first – in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at

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