San Ramon Regional Medical Center is Awarded Primary Stroke Certification by The Joint Commission 
Thursday, 12 January 2012 

SAN RAMON, CA; JANUARY12, 2012 – After undergoing an onsite evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, San Ramon Regional Medical Center has 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, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, DiseaseSpecific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, San Ramon Regional Medical Center has proven that it has 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, longterm disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” says Gary Sloan, CEO of San Ramon Regional Medical Center. “We are pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community.

“We want to acknowledge the hard work and teamwork of our physicians and employees in earning this award, including Sarah Kiyoi, R.N., MSN, Stroke Program coordinator, and Kulveen Sachdeva, M.D., Stroke Program medical director. Special appreciation goes to Contra Costa County Health Services, and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District staff who serve as first responders through the Emergency Medical Services,” Sloan adds.

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

San Ramon Regional Medical Center is a 123bed, fullservice, acute care hospital recognized for its quality care, service and technology. The hospital offers 24hour emergency, medical and surgical services. Programs include: Birthing Center, blood conservation, Breast Center, 24hour pediatrics care, cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics, and Primary Stroke Center. The hospital recently opened its newly expanded Emergency Department; the San Ramon Regional Plaza, a medical office building in the Gale Ranch Shopping Center; and the Pleasanton Diagnostic Imaging Center. The hospital opened in 1990, and is located at 6001 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583. The hospital telephone number is 925.275.9200 and the website is San Ramon Regional Medical Center is part of Tenet Healthcare, based in Dallas, Texas.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, notforprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standardssetting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

Press Release
New Stroke System Goes Live January 2 in Contra Costa County

For Release: Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Contact: Kate Fowlie, 9253136268

Contra Costa County officially launched its Stroke System this week, becoming only the 11th jurisdiction in the state to establish a network designed to reduce harm caused by strokes.

The new Contra Costa County Stroke System went live January 2 and will provide a coordinated 911 emergency response, linking patients to trained emergency medical providers who identify stroke victims and rapidly transport them to designated primary stroke certified hospitals within a critical fourhour treatment window. This teamwork is known to significantly reduce brain damage and save lives.

There are approximately 1,000 suspected cases of stroke every year in Contra Costa. From 20052007, it was the county's third leading killer at 1,462 deaths, according to Contra Costa Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Dr. Joe Barger.

When a person develops stroke symptoms, such as sudden weakness on one side, trouble walking, seeing or speaking, or a sudden severe headache with no known cause, it's important to call 911 and not to wait, said Contra Costa Stroke Program Coordinator Mia Fairbanks. "Those who do wait risk permanent brain damage or death," she said.

The seven Contra Costa hospitals participating in the launch of the new stroke system are John Muir Medical Center's Walnut Creek and Concord campuses, Kaiser Medical Center's Walnut Creek, Antioch and Richmond campuses, Doctors Medical Center, San Pablo and San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

"Creating systems of care to improve survival works," Emergency Medical Services Director Patricia Frost said. "With so many participating hospitals, Contra Costa has raised the standard of care for stroke throughout our community."

In addition to rapid notification and treatment, the Stroke System promotes community stroke education and prevention using the National Institute of Health's "Act in Time" campaign. "'Act in Time' means everyone in Contra Costa can identify the signs of stroke and knows to call 911," Frost said.

To find out more about stroke and Emergency Medical Services, visit

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