The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association have designated Memorial Hospital of Gardena (MHG) as a primary stroke center.

The hospital received this Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers as the result of a rigorous on-site review by The Joint Commission to ensure it complied with the criteria to receive PSC certification, such as stroke education, participation in research, access to advanced imaging technology and demonstration of application and compliance with clinical practice guidelines for a PSC, per a media release from Memorial Hospital of Gardena.

Memorial Hospital of Gardena is part of the Avanti Hospitals LLC system, consisting of four acute care hospitals located near Los Angeles.

“We are continually focused and committed to providing the most advanced medical and lifesaving care for patients who are suffering from a stroke,” says Michael Rembis, FACHE, corporate chief executive officer of Avanti Hospitals, in the release.

“Advanced Certification is a voluntary process and we are proud to have The Joint Commission recognize our exceptional efforts and commitment to improving care overall for our community,” he adds.

MHG has also partnered with USC Keck’s School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai Neurosciences Department, allowing MHG’s doctors, nurses and patients to interact via video connection directly with physicians at USC and Cedars-Sinai.

“The city of Gardena is one of the most ethnically diverse in the country representing equally hispanics, whites, asians, and blacks,” adds Dr Tamika M. Burrus, medical director of the Stroke Program for Avanti Hospitals, in the release.

“It is truly a microcosm of the stroke belt and thus this certification will positively impact the residents as they receive the most up to date stroke care available in 2017,” Burrus adds.

[Source(s): Memorial Hospital of Gardena, PR Newswire]