Lankenau Medical Center Receives Prestigious Accolades for Stroke and Heart Care Programs

Thursday, October 08, 2009

(Wynnewood, Pa.) – Lankenau Medical Center has earned the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers, following an on-site review in August.

Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today. Each year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes.

“Lankenau Medical Center demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“Receiving this distinction emphasizes our mission to provide the highest quality care to our patients,” says Lucas Margolies, MD, Lankenau Medical Center Stroke Physician Coordinator. “Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification is a prime example of Lankenau’s commitment to superior patient care.”

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/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003.

In addition to the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™, Lankenau Medical Center was also awarded the “Get With The Guidelines” (GWTG) Program Bronze Performance Achievement Award by the American Heart Association.

GWTG is a program designed for in-hospital quality improvement. It puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals, helping to ensure that the care they provide to coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients is aligned with best-practice medicine and is therefore likely to produce improved patient outcomes.

With the increasing amount of heart problems and strokes occurring nationwide, programs such as those available at Lankenau Medical Center are integral to patients’ health.

Both prestigious acknowledgements demonstrate an excellence in patient care and outcomes.

About the Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more then 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre suburban campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute of Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education. Lankenau offers state-of-the-art services from cancer care to maternity care. Lankenau is ranked as number six in Pennsylvania and number four in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals. Lankenau Medical Center is also ranked nationally for diabetes and endocrinology, and is high-performing in eight specialties: cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Lankenau has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. For more information about Lankenau Medical Center, visit

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