San Joaquin hospitals certified as primary stroke centers

A newly established system that aims to hasten diagnosis and treatment for stroke sufferers in San Joaquin County took effect this month, an event worthy of a “wonderful celebration,” according to Mary Nicholson, an advocate for stroke survivors.

The San Joaquin County Emergency Services Agency announced late last week that six of the county’s seven hospitals have received designation as primary stroke centers following a 10-month implementation process. Dameron Hospital is expected to receive its designation by Sept. 1, said Dan Burch, the agency’s administrator. When that happens, Burch said, San Joaquin County will be the only county in California where all hospitals are certified as primary stroke centers.  (