Date: 3/29/2010

Community Hospital Stroke Care program receives Certification from Joint Commission

Community Hospital’s stroke care program has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Community Hospital was awarded this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review of its stroke care program, treatment standards and guidelines, and preventive education.

“Our dedicated stroke team ensures that stroke patients are diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible knowing that every minute counts, limiting brain damage and the risk for complications,” said Don Fesko, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital. “The Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission serves as further confirmation that Community Hospital remains at the forefront of cardiovascular care, stroke treatment and prevention.”

Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today. A stroke takes place as the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely limited, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. Early treatment can make a big difference helping to limit damage to the brain and the potential for stroke complications.

Community Hospital’s Stroke Center of Excellence works to spread awareness of stroke symptoms and prevention, and to diagnose and treat stroke patients as quickly as possible. The center, which involves the services of Nursing, Radiology, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Emergency Medical Services and Rehabilitation, uses a multi-disciplinary approach to stroke management covering everything from stroke prevention and diagnosis to acute care and rehabilitation.

Community Hospital stroke patients benefit from individualized care that aims to optimize recovery and maximize independence. Members of the stroke team meet on a regular basis to review care guidelines and treatment regimens and analyze quality measures.

“Community Hospital has an expert stroke team that has set the stroke care protocol and provides ongoing evaluations of its effectiveness,” said David Rozenfeld, M.D., neurologist and medical director of Community Hospital stroke program.

In addition to emergent and acute inpatient care for stroke patients, Community Hospital offers a full continuum of stroke treatment, rehabilitation and support, including inpatient and outpatient programs. Ongoing education for patients and families, and stroke support groups are also available to all stroke patients.

For more information about the accredited Stroke Center of Excellence at Community Hospital in Munster, visit us online at or call 1-866-836-3477.