St. Elizabeth Healthcare Received Recertification as Primary Stroke Center Monday November 29, 2010 Recognition Demonstrates Measurable Commitment to Quality St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Covington, Ft. Thomas and Florence have all earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care and Primary Stroke Center Recertification by The Joint Commission. This distinction was earned after an on-site review was conducted at each location in August and October. 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. St. Elizabeth has demonstrated that its stroke care programs follow national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. “We are very proud to earn this distinction,” says Stroke Program Coordinator Nancy Tillett, R.N. “The Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care from the Joint Commission is an excellent example of how St. Elizabeth Healthcare provides the highest quality of care to Northern Kentucky.” According to the American Stroke Association, each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. Americans will pay approximately $73.7 billion in 2010 for stroke-related medical costs and disabilities. A list of Joint Commission-certified programs is available online at www.jcaho.org. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of healthcare accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in healthcare organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. An independent not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. St. Elizabeth Healthcare St. Elizabeth Healthcare features six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky—St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Falmouth, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, and St. Elizabeth Grant. It also has vast resources to serve the Greater Cincinnati area, including 1,192 licensed beds, more than 6,000 employees, more than 900 physicians with admitting privileges, a physician organization which includes 38 primary care and specialty office locations, and four freestanding imaging centers. St. Elizabeth Healthcare is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and provided more than $100 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2009.