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Sharp Chula Vista receives stroke certification

Dec. 15, 2017

Sharp Chula Vista receives stroke certification

Members of the stroke steering committee at Sharp Chula Vista. This group meets each month to go over protocols that help keep stroke patients safe, informed and engaged.

Each year, nearly 800,000 people have a stroke, a disease that is categorized as the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. With stroke, every minute counts; it’s important to act fast and be aware of the warning signs of stroke to ensure proper treatment and the best possible outcomes.

In August 2017, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center was certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit certification and accreditation organization. This certification recognizes Sharp Chula Vista as a leader in stroke care for the South Bay community.

Joint Commission certification means the hospital complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care, and is committed to continually improving patient care. During the accreditation review, surveyors evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“As an emergency medicine physician, I have the responsibility to recognize and initiate treatment for a patient with stroke as soon as possible,” explains Dr. Ran Regev. “By working in a hospital certified by The Joint Commission, I am able to collaborate with a team that will ensure the most expeditious and up-to-date care available.”

Patients who come to Sharp Chula Vista with signs of stroke will be quickly evaluated and treated, helping preserve brain function and quality of life.

“It has been shown that ‘time is brain’ and with every second that goes by, further damage to the brain can be caused. At some point, this damage may become irreversible, which is why initiating medical care quickly is essential,” says Dr. Regev. “A Joint Commission certification is a testament to our hospital’s ability to provide timely acute stroke care in accordance with the highest national standards.”

According to Mary Elington, vice president for Sharp HealthCare’s orthopedic and neurology programs, high-quality stroke care is a priority throughout Sharp. For more information on the quality of care at Sharp HealthCare, visit the accreditation and compliance page.

For the news media: To talk with Dr. Ran Regev about Sharp Chula Vista’s stroke program for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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