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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission

November 19, 2007 – (Aventura, FL) Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s Stroke Program has earned The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Aventura Hospital and Medical Center the Disease-Specific Care Certification for Primary Stroke Center Certification Program. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is the first facility in Miami-Dade County to receive this certification from The Joint Commission. In addition, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center also has a designation of Primary Stroke Center by the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

“This certification means Aventura Hospital and Medical Center does the right things and does them well for stroke patients,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“Aventura Hospital and Medical Center voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide,” says Heather J. Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “We’re proud to achieve this distinction.”

The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at

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 nearly 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 Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award –winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence.

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