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3 Hospitals First to Receive Comprehensive Stroke Designation
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Three hospitals are the first in the country to receive The Joint Commission’s long-awaited “comprehensive” stroke center designation, a high-performance credential that could result in new paramedic protocols that divert some stroke patients from other hospitals.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto, CA, was the first to receive clearance two weeks ago, followed by OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL, and Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA, says M.J. Hampel, senior associate director for The Joint Commission’s disease-specific care certification.