Capital Health Hospitals Receive Joint Commission Reaccreditation as Primary Stroke Centers

Trenton, NJ (May 17, 2010) – Stroke care at Capital Health’s two Trenton hospitals has again earned advanced certification from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Both Capital Health’s Regional Medical Center and Mercer campus received initial Joint Commission certification in February of 2008.


"Capital Health continues to demonstrate that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

We are extremely proud of the care we provide for those impacted by stroke,” said Al Maghazehe, CEO and President of Capital Health. “As home to a state designated comprehensive stroke center and a stellar medical team we have continually moved this program in a direction that enables patients to access the latest techniques in stroke care. The efforts of our entire team should be commended.”

“This recognition by the Joint Commission is an acknowledgement of a tremendous commitment by the leadership at Capital Health and the staff to provide outstanding care to stroke patients,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, director, Neurosciences and Endovascular & Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery.

Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death in the United States. It is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.

“The success of Capital Health’s stroke program is the result of a lot of hard work by a team of very dedicated people who recognize how important it is that this quality of stroke care be available in our community and beyond,” said Dr. James Ware, Medical Director for Capital Health’s Stroke Program.

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/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003.

Capital Health Regional Medical Center (formerly know as Fuld Hospital) is a state designated Comprehensive Stroke Center which establishes it as a leader in providing advanced care for patients suffering from stroke. The healthcare system’s Mercer Hospital is a state designated primary stroke center. Last year, Capital Health opened the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey, which gave the hospital an even greater ability to treat the most critical cerebrovascular patients utilizing the most advanced technologies and treatments.

More than 20 team members joined the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center from Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience including Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu and Dr. Kenneth Liebman as part of an experienced team committed to the care of the most complex stroke and cerebrovascular cases.

About the Joint Commission
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 more then 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

About Capital Health
Capital Health is the region’s leader in advanced medicine, with significant investments in advanced technologies and experienced physicians. Comprised of two hospitals in Trenton, N.J., Capital Health Regional Medical Center and Mercer Hospital, and the Capital Health in Hamilton outpatient facility, Capital Health has twice received Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. Capital Health is a growing healthcare organization with construction underway for a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Hopewell Township, N.J. and significant expansion of services at its Fuld hospital in Trenton, both scheduled to be completed by 2011.

Capital Health’s commitment to making the latest technology available to patients in this region is headlined by the area’s only CyberKnife® Robotic Surgery System and the first da Vinci® Surgical System in Mercer County which are used respectively for non-invasive and minimally invasive surgical treatments. As a state designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, Capital Health is also home to the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey featuring two of the country’s most experienced neurosurgeons. Capital Health has the region’s only trauma center and state designated regional perinatal center, and operates the mobile intensive care unit and psychiatric emergency screening center serving all of Mercer County. To learn more visit

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