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2009: Stroke & Neurovascular program Awarded Re-Accreditation
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Stroke & Neurovascular program Awarded Re-Accreditation

WINFIELD, Ill. March 27, 2009 - The Stroke and Neurovascular Program at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield, Ill. recently earned re-accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center by receiving the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™.

"We sought initial accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center in 2006 because we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to patients' safety and quality care," says Harish Shownkeen, MD, co-medical director, Stroke and Neurovascular Program at CDH. "We view obtaining Joint Commission's re-accreditation as affirmation that we are indeed achieving excellence."

In addition to the Joint Commission's designation, the stroke team at CDH has been recognized by HealthGrades, a national healthcare ratings company, with the Stroke Care Excellence Award for four consecutive years. The team was also recognized in 2008 with the Gold Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association.

The neurosciences team at CDH consists of neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, neuroradiologists, all on the medical staff of CDH, and neurospecialized nurses and speech therapists with the expertise to address acute and chronic neurological conditions such as:

  • Stroke (acute ischemic stroke)
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders
  • Back pain (herniated disks in the neck and back)
  • Spinal trauma, spinal tumors and scoliosis of the spine
  • Brain tumors, pituitary tumors
  • Encephalopathy, encephalitis, meningitis and neuropathies
  • Other disorders related to the spine and central nervous system
  • Neurological disorders affecting children

The Stroke and Neurovascular Program is a part of the Neurosciences Institute at Central DuPage Hospital. To speak to someone at the program, please call 877-792-7246 or 630-933-2113/ TTY 630-933-4833 during business hours.

About the Joint Commission:
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

Recently, CDH was recognized for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the CDH medical staff, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234) / TTY 630-933-4833.

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