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Joint Commission names Northside Hospital-Forsyth Primary Stroke Center

May 13, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. – After undergoing an onsite evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Northside Hospital-Forsyth was awarded a full two-year Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission.

According to the American Stroke Association, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year. It is the nation's fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.

The Northside Hospital Stroke Care Program provides care for stroke patients and those at risk, including screening, education, early diagnosis, access to a wide array of state-of-the-art treatment resources and monthly support groups.

Certification by the Joint Commission is a voluntary process.

In addition, Northside Hospital-Forsyth also earned the commission's Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality, receiving a full two-year Disease-Specific Care Certification for pneumonia.

This is the third consecutive review that the hospital has undergone for pneumonia care and subsequently been awarded certification.

Northside Hospital-Forsyth, along with Northside Hospital in Atlanta and Cherokee, remain the only Georgia hospitals to have certification in pneumonia care.

Northside Hospital-Forsyth also received two-year certifications for its hip and knee joint replacement services and was recertified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

"This continued recognition by the Joint Commission is a true testament to the dedication of our staff and physicians to offering the highest quality and compassionate care to our patients," said Skip Putnam, CEO of Northside Hospital-Forsyth. "I am very proud of the hard work of all of the individuals who were involved in these voluntary surveys."

Visit www.northside.com for more information.

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