Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center Earns Re-Certification of Prestigious National Stroke Certification

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Portsmouth, Va. (October 24, 2016) – Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center has earned re-certification for its Advanced Primary Stroke certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s predominant accrediting body in health care.

The two-year certification comes after a comprehensive on-site review in which the Bon Secours Maryview was judged on its abilities to meet stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. 

“This re-certification is an affirmation of the commitment of our physicians and staff to provide the highest quality of care,” said Joseph M. Oddis, CEO of Bon Secours Maryview. “We aim to provide comprehensive stroke and neurological care in the region and educate our community on early detection and prevention.” 

To maintain the Advanced Primary Stroke designation, Bon Secours works with a team of physicians, nurses and ancillary staff to plan, implement, monitor and improve the standards of care and treatment of stroke patients. The team works with the hospital's emergency department and community to ensure that stroke symptoms are quickly identified and that treatments are promptly implemented. 

“Stroke is the nation’s fifth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability each year in the United States,” said Michael Gebel, MD, a neurologist and the stroke medical director for the Neuroscience Center at Bon Secours Maryview. “Acting quickly can make the difference between life and death and between temporary symptoms or permanent disability.”   

At Bon Secours Maryview, patients with stroke symptoms are seen within minutes by highly trained specialists who immediately begin to make important treatment decisions.

“Bon Secours Maryview has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission.