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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Awarded Two-Year Re-Certification for Advanced Primary Stroke Center

March 1, 2013

The Joint Commission recently awarded a two-year re-certification of the Advanced Primary Stroke Center at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC).

MEDVAMC earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center in 2011.  The MEDVAMC was awarded the distinction of being the first VA medical center with this designation. 

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

"I am very proud the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has received such important recognition," says Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., MEDVAMC Director. "Re-Certification by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center recognizes our hospital’s commitment to providing outstanding, high quality care, treatment and services to our Nation’s heroes."

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 and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program in 2003.