Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center

CENTRAL TEXAS, Texas – Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple has earned certification as a Primary Stroke Center. The designation by The Joint Commission comes after undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care.

"In stroke care, time is brain," said Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Scott & White Memorial Hospital has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients."

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 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.

"Becoming a Primary Stroke Center was a hospital-wide initiative that required teamwork across the hospital, and would not have been possible without the help of everyone working together," said Jeremiah Lanford, MD, Scott & White Healthcare system stroke director. "Obtaining this national certification shows the commitment Scott & White has to the community to provide the best care to our 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—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at

Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock has also received the certification as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission.

For more information on Scott & White's stroke program, visit our Neuroscience Institute stroke education page.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, and the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, and certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke.  Learn more about The Joint Commission at

 About Scott & White (
Scott & White Healthcare is a non-profit collaborative health care system established in 1897 in Temple, TX.  Among the leading health care systems encompassing one of the nation's largest multi-specialty group practices, Scott & White provides personalized, comprehensive and the highest quality health care enhanced by medical education and research.  Scott & White Healthcare includes 12 hospital sites, two additional announced facilities, more than 60 clinic locations throughout Central Texas and staff exceeding 13,000 (including more than 900 physicians and scientists and nearly 400 specialized health care providers). Get the latest news from Scott & White Healthcare by visiting our online newsroom, News blog or on Twitter (@swhealthcare).

Scott & White, A World of Healing

For more information, contact:

Scott Clark
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare

May 29, 2012

Text Size