Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center earns Gold Seal of Approval

March 31, 2014
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. This means the facility offer patients lifesaving treatment during the critical first few hours after a stroke. What’s more, Providence Saint Joseph has received multiple quality awards for the treatment of stroke from HealthGrades, a leading health care ratings organization. “Each one of our facilities is staffed with expert emergency room physicians, nurses and neurologists, who are prepared to administer clot-busting medication to patients who arrive at the hospital within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms,” says Patrice M. Hallak, P.T., NCS, service area director for neurology, orthopedics and rehabilitation. “And if patients need further intervention, we can quickly transport them to Providence Saint Joseph from another of our hospitals.” She emphasizes that a stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention. Signs of a stroke include sudden onset of symptoms including numbness or weakness of the arm, face or leg, trouble speaking or difficulty seeing. A sudden, severe headache with no known cause can also be the sign of a stroke—or an aneurysm, which also requires emergency medical attention.