Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - Bakersfield Heart Hospital Awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification From the Joint Commission


Bakersfield Heart Hospital is pleased to announce that our Stroke Program has been awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification and Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission. Didra Larma, Stroke Coordinator stated, “By achieving the highest national standard for safety and quality in stroke diagnosis and treatment, Bakersfield Heart Hospital has accomplished a triangle of care through a partnership with our patients, physicians/administration and staff. We offer an exclusive ability to provide the highest personal service and delivery of advanced technological stroke care in Kern County.”


According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 795,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's fourth leading cause of death. Bakersfield Heart Hospital has a unique Stroke Program including specialized Neurologists and highly trained staff who are able to recognize and treat stroke symptoms quickly using some of the latest treatment options available.


Wafa El-Musselmani, Vice President of Clinical Services stated that “Not only are we nationally recognized for our excellence in cardiac and vascular services, we have extended that excellent care to Neurological Services. We have the ability to rapidly diagnose and treat stroke symptoms to minimize neurological damage. This demonstrates our commitment to excellence in providing primary stroke center services.  The community can feel confident that when stroke care is needed, Bakersfield Heart Hospital provides effective, timely care with significantly improved outcomes for stroke patients.”


“Bakersfield Heart Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N, C.P.H.Q., Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.


Bakersfield Heart Hospital has displayed The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Certification for Primary Stroke Center.  The seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Bakersfield Heart Hospital is providing the “next generation of stroke care and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in treatment of stroke.”


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