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Enloe Medical Center Receives the Joint Commission's
Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center

2013 UPDATE - Enloe Medical Center was recertified for advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

CHICO, Calif., Aug. 15, 2011 – After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Enloe Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.  Enloe is the first hospital in Butte County to receive this accreditation. The distinction is in addition to Enloe’s 2010 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.

“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Enloe Medical Center has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We’re proud that the The Joint Commission has recognized our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and community,” says Enloe Medical Center President and CEO Mike Wiltermood. “Becoming an Advanced Primary Stroke Center is an important accomplishment for our medical center and the people we serve.”

Michael O’Brien, MD, PhD, Director of the Enloe Stroke Program, adds: “Stroke is unfortunately common in our community. In 2010, Enloe Medical Center cared for more than 380 individuals with stroke and related diseases. Stroke care is complex and time-sensitive, and to do that well requires a commitment to excellence from our entire organization. Enloe Medical Center has consistently demonstrated that commitment.”

Enloe Medical Center has developed a comprehensive multi-disciplinary Stroke Program to provide our patients with rapid, appropriate, guideline-based treatments to help improve their chances of recovery. Patients receive personalized stroke education and a strategy to help prevent future strokes. The Enloe Rehabilitation Center assists stroke patients in their recovery, the Enloe HomeCare Program cares for patients at home, and Enloe’s Stroke Support Group continues patient education and support after discharge. To read more about the Enloe Stroke Program as well as to learn the symptoms of stroke, visit

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 and 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

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. 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


Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at   Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.