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Kendall Regional Medical Center Awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission

Miami, FL (January 30, 2008) - Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Program has earned The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Kendall Regional Medical Center the Disease-Specific Care Certification for Primary Stroke Center Certification Program. Kendall Regional Medical Center is the first and only facility in South Miami-Dade County to receive this recognition from The Joint Commission. Actually, there is only one other facility in all of Miami-Dade County to receive this certification, and that is an HCA affiliate sister facility, Aventura Hospital & Medical Center. In addition, Kendall Regional Medical Center also has a designation of Primary Stroke Center by the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

"This certification means Kendall Regional Medical Center does the right things and does them well for stroke patients," says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

"We’re proud to achieve this distinction," says Mauricio Sirvent, Chief Executive Officer. "Joint Commission Primary Stroke Certification recognizes Kendall Regional Medical Center’s commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community."

The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About Kendall Regional Medical Center
Kendall Regional Medical Center is a 412-bed, full-service hospital providing the residents of West Miami-Dade County with 24-hour comprehensive medical, surgical, and diagnostic services, as well as a wide range of patient and community services. The hospital has been recognized among the finest in South Florida, and has earned the prestigious Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Benchmarks for Success award five times. Kendall Regional Medical Center is located at 11750 Bird Road, Miami, Florida. For further information, call (305) 223-3000, or visit www.kendallmed.com.

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