Memorial Satilla Health administrators, team members and care partners gathered at Inpatient Rehabilitation yesterday to celebrate receiving The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for stroke rehabilitation.

Following a rigorous evaluation of performance standards, Memorial Satilla Health's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® as a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Unit.

Today's announcement is Memorial Satilla's second recent achievement regarding stroke care. Healthgrades gave the hospital a Five-Star Rating for Stroke Treatment earlier this year.

To earn the certification in stroke rehabilitation Memorial Satilla Health demonstrated excellence in performance standards, clinical practice guidelines, and performance measurement. A strong emphasis is also placed on patient and caregiver education and the collaboration of the facility's interdisciplinary team of care experts who work cohesively to create an individualized care plan for each patient.

"We are proud to announce that our hospital has achieved a Gold Seal for stroke rehab, underscoring our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients. This certification is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our entire healthcare team, who work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcomes for those affected by stroke,” said Dale Neely CEO.

Approximately 26 percent of patients in our inpatient rehabilitation program are receiving treatment for stroke recovery.

Rehabilitation Services Director Eddie Vergara congratulates his team for their hard work in achieving the Gold Seal.

Rehabilitation Services Director Eddie Vergara congratulates his team for their hard work in achieving the Gold Seal.

CEO Dale Neely announces the new certification.

CEO Dale Neely announces the new certification.

"Receiving the stroke rehab certification is a significant milestone for our team. It highlights our dedication to providing exceptional, specialized care to our stroke patients, ensuring they receive the best possible support on their journey to recovery," said Eddie Vergara, rehab director.

“Stroke Rehabilitation Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “We commend Memorial Satilla Health for using The Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher quality and more compassionate care for individuals served.”

Memorial Satilla Health five-star rating for stroke treatment by Healthgrades also reflects the hospital's commitment to consistently delivering the best care possible. The rating places our organization in the upper echelon of hospitals for specialty care nationwide.

Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and complications. By focusing on what matters most – patient outcomes – Healthgrades ratings provide critical feedback for both patients and hospitals.