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Saint Alphonsus Neuroscience Institute Earns Fourth Joint Commission Gold Seal for Primary Stroke Center Certification
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Joint Commission Gold SealIdaho's Longest Continuously Certified Primary Stroke Center

Boise, ID – Saint Alphonsus is pleased to announce that for a fourth time, the Saint Alphonsus Neuroscience Institute has received The Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospital Organization's Gold Seal of Approval™ as a Primary Stroke Center.  Saint Alphonsus achieved this by demonstrating compliance with national stroke standards and performance measurement expectations, which result in producing excellent care experiences, maximizing outcomes while controlling costs, and improving productivity.  Saint Alphonsus is the longest continuously certified Primary Stroke Center and the only hospital in the region to have Trauma, Chest Pain, and Stroke certifications.
 "We have always been proud of the awards we've received for superior stroke care outcomes,” said Rodney Reider, president of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. “This certification further reflects the passion and dedication of our staff, nurses and physicians who take stroke care to a higher level.  Idaho ranks 35th in the nation for the number of deaths caused by stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases per 100,000 population – 53.8 versus a U.S. average of 50.  Part of our challenge is to educate the community to seek immediate treatment if they think they are having a stroke.  In health care, we say that a stroke is a 'brain attack' – just as serious as a heart attack."

Stroke Program Medical Director Mary River, neurologist, adds  "The level of physician proficiency is unmatched at any other medical center.  We have neurology and neurosurgery physicians available to treat stroke 24/7, as well as seven interventional neuroradiologists with the capability to do highly sophisticated, state-of-the art procedures to treat all types of stroke that both save lives and save the quality-of-life of patients."

Neuroscience Institute Director Nichole Whitener spoke of her pride in staff who have achieved the recertification, "Saint Alphonsus staff have once again demonstrated to a national certifying agency that they have superior dedication to stroke patients."  Whitener calls the recertification, "proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide

THE highest quality stroke care on an ongoing basis.   Public education is one of our primary focuses. We make every effort to stress the importance of early recognition of stroke symptoms, which are sudden weakness in an arm or leg, slurred speech, or facial droop. Seeking immediate care at a stroke center has been proven to reduce the long term impact of stroke. Treatment is available, but only if you act quickly, just as you would with a heart attack."

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. “Saint Alphonsus and the Neuroscience Institute have demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission. 
About Saint Alphonsus Neuroscience Institute
The Neuroscience Institute has been the region's leading resource for treating people with complex neurological disorders for the last 13 years. Using an integrated system of care, the Neuroscience Institute provides services ranging from acute care to rehabilitation, education, prevention and on-going care.

About Saint Alphonsus
Saint Alphonsus is a 387-licensed bed regional medical center serving people throughout the Northwest. Saint Alphonsus emphasizes care that is patient-centered, innovative and community based. Saint Alphonsus focuses on providing services in a spiritual, healing environment, and is renowned for its state-of-the-art digital environment and pioneering technologies; award-winning clinical services; a nationally accredited Life Flight program and the region’s Trauma Center.