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Mary Washington Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center Recertified by The Joint Commission through 2024, Demonstrating Continued Commitment to Quality Stroke Care

Mary Washington Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center Recertified by The Joint Commission through 2024, Demonstrating Continued Commitment to Quality Stroke Care

Fredericksburg, VA, September 27, 2022 ― Mary Washington Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for the Certified Primary Stroke Center Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. This 2022 certification marks the 14th consecutive year providing the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for Mary Washington Hospital stroke patients.

Mary Washington Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review In April 2022. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with stroke-related certification standards.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess, and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend the Primary Stroke Center at Mary Washington Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“This Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification recognizes our commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients in our community,” said Arun Chhabra, MD, Medical Director and Staff Neurologist, Mary Washington Hospital Primary Stroke Center. “Our multidisciplinary team makes every effort to continually comply with quality standards for safe and effective patient care.”

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information about the Primary Stroke Center at Mary Washington Hospital, visit

For additional information about the certification, please visit The Joint Commission website.


About Mary Washington Healthcare:
Mary Washington Healthcare is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides inpatient and outpatient care through over 50 facilities including Mary Washington Hospital, a 471-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community hospital. Mary Washington Healthcare is a non-profit health system with a longstanding commitment to provide care regardless of ability to pay. For more information about our services and facilities, visit

About The Joint Commission:

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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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