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Vidant Medical Center awarded Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

October 11, 2018 posted by Erica Mizelle

Greenville, N.C. – Vidant Medical Center (VMC) announced today it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 

“This designation establishes us as the region’s only comprehensive stroke center,” said Richard Dalyai, MD, an endovascular neurosurgeon with Vidant Neurosurgery. “We are the first to receive this in eastern North Carolina and it’s a testament to the care we provide every day. This designation means we are among the best across the nation, which is tremendously important for the communities and patients we serve.”

With this certification, VMC joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing team members with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. 

VMC underwent a rigorous onsite review in July 2018, when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

"By achieving this advanced certification, VMC has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends VMC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

“Vidant Medical Center is thrilled to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Brian Floyd, president of Vidant Medical Center and chief operating officer of Vidant Health Hospitals. “This certification underscores both our commitment to excellence and dedication to the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.”

Established in 2012, Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in North Carolina and 90 percent of eastern North Carolina counties have a stroke death rate higher than the national average. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, on average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


Photo caption: Dr. Dalyai addresses members of the media at a news conference held at the Vidant Health Administration Building on Oct. 11, 2018. Fellow panel members include stroke survivor Jennifer Holley; VMC Stroke Center Manager Ashley Elks and VMC Neurointensivist Dr. Manjunath Markandaya.


Media contact: Erica Mizelle, 252-531-4612 or


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

About The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

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