Sutter Hospital receives designation as primary stroke center


Sutter Hospital in Tracy is getting a pat on the back from major organizations for its advances in stroke care.

The hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

“We are pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said David M. Thompson, CEO, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in a press release. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.”

To receive the recognition, Sutter Hospital underwent an intense review in November during which the organization evaluated services offered over the past four months. The commission used that data as a sample, evaluating how fast staff finishes procedures. They also interviewed staff to determine their level of education on stroke awareness and preparedness.

To be named a primary stroke center, several metrics regarding the initial diagnosis and treatment of strokes must be met. Most of those metrics revolve around the rapid assessment and diagnosis of stroke.

“We have to keep all of our records and are re-assessed after two years to ensure that we can achieve primary stroke center status again,” Thompson said.

It’s good news for Central Valley patients.

“This certification means that your local community hospital adheres to high standards when it comes to stroke care. You don’t have to travel down the road. You will receive the same level of care in Tracy as if you had fallen ill in a metropolitan area,” Thompson said.

A partnership with California Pacific Medical Center, a Sutter Health affiliate in San Francisco, also advances stroke care with its telestroke program. A teleneurologist is available to the emergency department physicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help assess stroke patients and carry out orders.


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