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

Southampton, New York (May 1, 2024) – Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification. The hospital is also a designated Level III Adult Trauma Center. 

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on January 24, 2024. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management, and delivering and facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews. 

"This dual recognition highlights our dedication to providing the highest standard of care for stroke patients in our community," said William A. Wertheim, MD, MBA, Interim Executive Vice President for Stony Brook Medicine. "I am immensely proud of our team, and this recognition is a testament to the hard work, expertise and compassion of our entire team, and reaffirms our position as a trusted leader in healthcare innovation and patient-centered service." 

“The Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “We commend Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for using The Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher quality and more compassionate care for individuals served.” 

“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.” 

“For ten years in a row, our Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center, has been recognized by the American Heart Association and The American Stroke Association, "Get with the Guidelines" program for applying the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes,” said Fredric Weinbaum, MD, CMO, COO and Interim CAO, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. “As a designated primary stroke center, we  are committed to providing high quality care.” 

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.  

About Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH) 

With 120 beds, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH) is staffed by more than 280 physicians, dentists, and allied health professionals representing 48 medical specialties. 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 designated Level III Trauma Center and primary stroke 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 South Fork with more than 1,200 employees. To learn more, visit