Primary Stroke Center

Citrus Valley Health Partners Queen of the Valley (QVC) campus has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers.

The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services QVC provides have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes and effectively manage the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

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.

Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third-leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.Seconds count with stroke care. The quicker patients have access to specialized stroke care, the better their outcomes.

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, such as primary stroke centers. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.