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GAMC Earns Gold Seal of Approval for Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Awards & Recognition

LOS ANGELES – Glendale Adventist Medical Center is proud to announce that on September 23, 2014, the hospital earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital earned this re-certification distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in September. 

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced re-certification, Glendale Adventist Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends the hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Each year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. 

“We’re proud to achieve the distinction,” says Warren Tetz, senior vice president of Operations/COO at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. “In fact, the surveyor told us that this is the first survey in five years that she has done without ANY findings! She noted that we have one of the best Stroke programs in nation.” 

“Our commitment to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care is centered on current scientific research and best practices,” noted Dr Lance Lee, MD,  Stroke Center medical director .

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. 

Glendale Adventist Medical Center was also recently identified as the “Number One Top Performer” for its STEMI Receiving Center from January 1 to December, 2013, the hospital had the lowest door-to-balloon time out of 34 L.A. County hospitals, ranging from 42 to 75 minutes. The hospital has had this program designation from Emergency Medical Services Agency of Los Angeles County for the past six years.  

“Sharing God’s love with our community through providing healing and wellness for the whole person” will never change. Glendale Adventist Medical Center was established in 1905 and is a trusted hospital serving the Glendale area and surrounding communities.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit or