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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Earns Primary Stroke Center Designation

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Residents of Fort Bend and surrounding counties now have greater access to lifesaving stroke care. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

As a certified Primary Stroke Center, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is equipped to rapidly diagnose and treat stroke victims. The experienced neurologists and neurosurgeons affiliated with the hospital partner with local emergency medical services (EMS) to save lives in the diagnosis, evaluation, management and treatment of patients with acute and non-acute neurological disorders.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. In Fort Bend County alone, nearly 25,000 people die of strokes every year.

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is committed to partnering with EMS to provide Fort Bend and surrounding counties with the highest quality care. “We’re proud to have achieved this distinction,” said Greg Haralson, CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. “This certification recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. When it comes to stroke, every second counts.”

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/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 www.jointcommission.org.

For more information on Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, visit http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/sugar-land/.