West Suburban Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification For Primary Stroke Centers

Oak Park, Il – West Suburban Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s  Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.


“This elite award recognizes West Suburban Medical Center’s commitment to providing exceptional stroke care to our community,” said  Joe Ottolino, CEO, West Suburban Medical Center. “At West Suburban, patient health and safety is at the center of everything we do.”

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

West Suburban Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend West Suburban Medical Center  in Oak Park for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.  “We congratulate West Suburban Medical Center for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines West Suburban Medical Center  has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

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