Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare submitted its application for certification of its stroke care center to the Joint Commission, the certifying entity.

Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation, stated, "We are waiting for information on a certification visit." In the next couple months The Joint Commission will be scheduling the site visit that will take place after July.  

The certification recognizes programs that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients. When the certification is complete, ambulances will be able to drive patients to ValleyCare instead of Eden Hospital in Castro Valley or John Muir in Walnut Creek.

Donations from the community have provided funding for new, cutting-edge equipment; training for front-line clinical staff members and Hospital employees; the addition of key roles to the Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare team; the implementation of new care and transfer protocols; and the launch of TeleNeurology and stroke-response procedures. Since its launch on December 17, TeleNeurology treatment has been provided for 40 patients who either walked into the Emergency Department or were inpatients.

Sulikyan says that donations have financed inpatient and acute care. However, more are still needed to fill the gap in rehabilitation and support services.

Those interested in donating to the stroke care center can go to or call 925-373-4560.

According to Dr. Prashanth Krishnamohan, Medical Director of Neurology, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University, “The longer it takes a stroke patient to receive care, the more damage to their brain. We know that for every 15 minutes’ acceleration in treatment, out of 1,000 patients, 4 more lives are saved, 18 more patients walk unaided, and 7 more patients are discharged home rather than to a rehabilitation or long-term care facility. Timely access to acute stroke care can be the difference between a full recovery, a lifetime of disability, or death.”