Wake Forest Baptist Stroke Center Receives Comprehensive RecertificationWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – June 30, 2015 – The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been recertified as a comprehensive center by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The certification recognizes hospitals that are prepared to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.Wake Forest Baptist’s center was evaluated based on its compliance with the certification program’s standards and requirements, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments and staff with the education and competencies required to care for complex stroke cases.TJC seeks to continuously improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The AHA/ASA is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke.Wake Forest Baptist Recognized for Cardiac Care by American Heart AssociationWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – June 30, 2015 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.The goal of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks. The program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for patients who suffer from a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, which is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart.Wake Forest Baptist Program Receives Comprehensive Center AccreditationWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – June 30, 2015 – The Bariatric Surgery Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received Comprehensive Center accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).The accreditation formally acknowledges the Medical Center’s commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery. To become accredited, the program demonstrated that it meets the needs of patients by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care.Formed out of a partnership between the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the MBSAQIP is an accreditation program dedicated to advancing safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients.Wake Forest Baptist Lab Receives Highest Level of Accreditation from National AssociationWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – June 30, 2015 – The diagnostic neurology electromyography (EMG) laboratory at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received accreditation with exemplary status from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). It is the highest level of accreditation given to laboratories by the AANEM.Wake Forest Baptist’s EMG lab uses ultrasound to evaluate musculoskeletal disorders and is a world leader in the emerging field of neuromuscular ultrasound. To receive the accreditation, the lab underwent a thorough investigation of its diagnostic services and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care.The AANEM is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic medicine.Wake Forest Baptist Physician Recognized for Patient AdvocacyWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – June 30, 2015 – Glenn Lesser, M.D., professor of hematology and oncology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been chosen as one of the 2015 Patient Advocate Award recipients by Cancer Services.Since 2001, this award has recognized individuals who “do anything, anytime and in any way they can to make a positive difference in the lives of those living with cancer.”Cancer Services is a nonprofit organization in Winston-Salem that seeks to enhance the quality of life for those living with cancer and to provide the gift of life through education.Wake Forest Baptist Practice Manager Named Administrator of the YearWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – June 30, 2015 – Sandra Jarrett, practice manager for Salisbury Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been named the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA).The award honors a medical practice administrator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management proficiency and helped enhance the effectiveness of health care delivery in North Carolina. In 2014, Jarrett received the organization’s President’s Award for her contribution to the association, its members and medical practice management.NCMGMA is dedicated to maximizing the value and effectiveness of medical group leaders through educational programs, information exchange, networking, advocacy and professional development opportunities.