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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is First in Denton County to Receive Primary Stroke Center Certification

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton recently became the first hospital in Denton County to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. The certification came after an on-site evaluation of the hospital by the Joint Commission.

“In stroke care, time is brain,” said 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, Texas Health Denton 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 recurrent stroke, the nation’s third leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, stroke cost the United States an estimated $68.9 billion, including the cost of health care services, medications, and missed days of work, according to the CDC.

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” said Kathy Srokosz, R.N., interim chief nursing officer, Texas Health Denton. “With a heart-felt mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve, we are pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing high-quality stroke care.”

The Joint Commission bases its Primary Stroke Center Certification on recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. The Joint Commission launched the certification program in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in U.S. health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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