The Joint Commission certifies hospital as a national Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

East Jefferson General Hospital has just been recognized as an Advanced Primary Stroke Care Center by the Joint Commission and was awarded their Gold Seal for quality of care. This distinction signifies that EJGH has implemented the stringent, national guidelines needed for high-level stroke care.

The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluate for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission's Advanced 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.