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Jersey City Medical Center Receives Primary Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL Healthcare

DNV-GL Certified Primary Stoke LogoJersey City Medical Center (JCMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, announced that it has received certification from DNV GL - Healthcare as a Primary Stroke Center, affirming the hospital’s readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related medical problems.

“This certification is yet another example of our commitment to excellence by providing our patients the best possible stroke care,” says Michael Prilutsky, President & CEO, Jersey City Medical Center. “Achieving certification demonstrates we are performing at the highest level and validates all the effort we have put into this program and to ensuring the health and safety of our patients.”

The DNV GL - Healthcare Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

JCMC Primary Stroke Center encourages the public to use the acronym BE FAST to remember the signs of stroke, and what to do if someone near you is experiencing them.

B - Balance
Is the person suddenly having trouble with balance or coordination?
E - Eyes
Is the person suddenly experiencing blurred or double vision or a loss of vision?
F - Face
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
A - Arm
Is one arm weak or numb or drifting downward?
S - Speech
Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T - Time
If you observe any of these signs, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

For more information about JCMC’s Primary Stroke Center, visit rwjbh.org/jcmcstrokecenter.

About Jersey City Medical Center: 
The Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a modern 316-bed teaching hospital located on a campus overlooking the Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor, conveniently located near major highways, PATH, bus and light rail stops on campus. A not-for-profit hospital, JCMC is a state-designated Regional Trauma Center with more than 16,000 admissions and 90,000 Emergency Department visits annually. JCMC has received many industry recognitions, including achieving Magnet recognition for a third time for meeting rigorous standards for nursing excellence; attaining the highest-grade level “A” for safety for 14 reporting periods since 2012; and the Orthopedic Institute being designated as a DNV GL Healthcare-certified Hip & Knee Replacement Program.  RWJBarnabas Health and Jersey City Medical Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.  The medical center is also a state-designated stroke center, a regional comprehensive cardiac center, a perinatal intensive care center, a regional level 3 neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill newborns, and home to the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical program in Hudson County.  JCMC, a provider of Advanced Life Support for Hudson County, runs 911 Medical Call Screening for Hudson County and operates one of the state’s busiest EMS systems.  In addition, Jersey City Medical Center is a major provider of behavioral health services, including 24/7 psychiatric emergency/crisis screening programs.  

About DNV GL Healthcare:
DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services.

Within healthcare, DNV GL helps its customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, disease-specific certifications and quality management training.

The DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our 15,000 professionals are dedicated to helping its customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

For more information about DNV GL Healthcare, visit www.dnvglhealthcare.com.