Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Awarded Primary Stroke Certification from The Joint Commission

Southampton, New York, March 2022 – Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Certification.

To achieve the Primary Stroke designation the hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers conducted observations and interviews, as well as evaluated compliance with certification standards designed for hospitals providing the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.

“Primary Stroke Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

Our hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients,” said Fredric I. Weinbaum, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. “Our programs and resources feature a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients who are admitted to the emergency department which allows for better outcomes.”

The Joint Commission’s designation is in addition to SBSH having annually been recognized by the New York State Department of Health as a Primary Stroke Center since 2007. In 2021, 99 Primary Stroke Centers statewide were designated with the mission of improving the standard of quality and access to care for patients with a presumptive diagnosis of stroke. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community also plays an important role in the implementation of these Primary Stroke Centers, as it does with state-designated Trauma Centers.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

stroke team

Photo: Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Stroke Team from Left: (First row) Monina Baldo, RN; Lisa Dellipizzi, RN; Deborah O’Brien, RN; Samantha Pullium, RN (Second Row) Rose Paul, RN; Dr. Darin Wiggins, MD; Janet Woo, RN; Catherine Baccelliere, RN; Olga McAbee, MD Credit: Amanda Mullin for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

About Stony Brook Southampton Hospital:

With 124 beds, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH) is staffed by more than 280 physicians, dentists, and allied health professionals representing 48 medical specialties. A campus of Stony Brook University Hospital, SBSH offers a diverse array of clinical services, ranging from primary medical care to specialized surgical procedures, including cardiac catheterization, orthopedics and bariatrics. The sole provider of emergency care on Long Island’s South Fork, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is a provisional Level III adult Trauma Center. The hospital includes The Phillips Family Cancer Center, a Heart and Stroke Center, Breast Health Center, The Center for Advanced Wound Healing, Wellness Institute, and 32 satellite care centers throughout the South Fork of Long Island. The hospital is the largest employer on the East End with more than 1,200 employees. To learn more, visit