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GAMC First in California to Receive Accreditation for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL


LOS ANGELES, CA – DNV GL Healthcare USA, Inc., recently awarded (Aug. 14) certification to Glendale Adventist Medical Center as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of the most serious stroke events. The hospital is the first in California to receive this certification. 

By earning this prestigious accreditation, Glendale Adventist Medical Center has demonstrated it exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. The DNV GL Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification encompasses the full spectrum of stroke care—from the initial and rapid diagnosis, advanced and state-of-the art treatment, comprehensive rehabilitation program and community wide stroke education—and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke and complex neurological cases. DNV GL’s accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation, the world’s most trusted quality management system used by performance-driven organizations around the world to advance their quality and sustainability objectives. 

The certification is a three-year term. It requires an annual survey and the organization’s continual compliance with the DNV GL Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification process. 

“We’re honored to achieve this certification. The DNV GL program is consistent with our long-term commitment to quality and patient safety,” says Warren Tetz, senior vice president of Operations and chief operating officer at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. “Our team of physicians and stroke specialists are dedicated to ensuring that the amount of time that passes between stroke and treatment is minimal. I’m proud of our stroke team. In fact, the surveyor told us that we have an absolutely fantastic, strong program with passionate people who are truly amazing.”

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

About DNV GL Healthcare - DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses ensure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment and training services. Within healthcare, DNV GL helps its customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, disease-specific certifications and quality-management training. The DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information about DNV GL Healthcare, visit

About Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Stroke Team – The team is ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each member is highly trained and performs a critical function, resulting in faster treatment times and, ultimately, better outcomes and shorter hospital stays. A multidisciplinary team of experts coordinate the individual care of each patient, ensuring that the patient’s physical, behavioral, cognitive and emotional needs are met.

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