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February 12, 2013

Feb. 12, 2013

For more information,
Contact: Julie W. Dougherty,
Marketing & Business Development Mgr.
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
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Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. That means it is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Complex stroke centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. Fort Sanders Regional underwent a rigorous onsite review in January of this year. Joint Commission experts reviewed Fort Sanders’ compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

“Our stroke team was able to share with the surveyors the outstanding work our physicians, staff and volunteers provide to stroke patients at Fort Sanders Regional,” said Keith Altshuler, President and Chief Administrative Officer of Fort Sanders Regional. “It is very humbling to receive this recognition, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”

“By achieving this advanced certification, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Fort Sanders for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center on its Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification,” commented Mark J. Alberts, M.D., FAHA, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association spokesperson and incoming vice chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease.”

“Fort Sanders Regional is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care based on current scientific research to ensure continuous improvement in care,” said Altshuler. “Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and improved care overall for the benefit of our community.”

About Covenant Health

Covenant Health is a not-for-profit health system providing comprehensive health services throughout East Tennessee. Headquartered in Knoxville, Covenant Health includes seven acute care hospitals as well as numerous outpatient health care services, physician offices and wellness programs. Covenant Health has more than 10,000 employees, volunteers and affiliated physicians.