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Media Release

Tedra White


ProMedica Toledo Hospital Earns Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care

posted on: 11/28/2011

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 4, 2011 – ProMedica Toledo Hospital (TH) has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. This distinction goes to centers that demonstrate long-term success in achieving better outcomes for stroke patients. An on-site evaluation concluded that TH’s center meets all national standards for stroke care.

“We are very proud to be recognized by The Joint Commission for our commitment to providing high-quality care to our patients,” says Kevin Webb, TH president.

Toledo Neurologist James Sander, MD, says the honor is well-deserved and was the result of months of dedication and teamwork.

“This is the culmination of an 18-month collaborative effort by the hospital and medical staff to improve neurologic medical care that is available right here in northwest Ohio,” says Dr. Sander.

On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds while someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. It is the nation’s third leading cause of death, with about 795,000 people experiencing a new or recurrent stroke each year. Stroke is also a leading cause of long-term disability with about 4.7 million stroke survivors.

Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission, says, “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Toledo Hospital has proven it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

The Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association published recommendations for primary stroke centers serve as the basis for The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Certification.

The Joint Commission was founded in 1951 and serves to continuously improve health care by evaluating and motivating healthcare organizations to strive to provide high-quality care to patients. It is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. More than 18,000 organizations and programs have been evaluated by The Joint Commission. To learn more about The Joint Commission, please visit www.jointcommission.org.

For more information about TH, visit www.promedica.org.


ProMedica, a mission-based organization that is ranked the No. 2 most integrated health system in the U.S., was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization with nearly 14,000 employees; 3,000 physicians and more than 306 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica serves more than 2.73 million patients annually and includes 11 hospitals; ProMedica Continuum Services with senior, hospice, rehabilitation, and integrative services; ProMedica Physicians, a network of more than 315 primary care and specialty physicians; and Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio.