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HUNTINGTON, WV –  The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recertified Cabell Huntington Hospital with Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification shows the hospital's dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Cabell Huntington Hospital first received Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission in 2011. Cabell Huntington Hospital's Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that the program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

The Cabell Huntington Hospital Advanced Primary Stroke Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in December. During that visit, a Joint Commission expert reviewed the hospital's compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

Cabell Huntington Hospital is a 303-bed academic medical center located in Huntington, West Virginia. Cabell Huntington cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Opened in 1956, it is a teaching hospital and is affiliated with Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Nursing.