Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission
UH Case Medical Center Awarded Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission
UH Case Medical Center has become the first hospital in northeast Ohio to achieve The Joint Commission’s standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, joining an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Comprehensive stroke centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in all aspects of stroke care and prevention.
UH Case Medical Center is the second designated Comprehensive Stroke Center in Ohio and 19th in the U.S. The recognition comes from The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. UH Case Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review in November. Joint Commission experts reviewed UH Case Medical Center’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2005), and “Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011), and on recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.
The UH Neurological Institute’s Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center is the largest and most experienced program in northeast Ohio dedicated to caring for stroke patients. UH physicians specialize in managing diseases in patients who are high-risk and the medical center’s rehabilitation specialists use state-of-the-art techniques to help speed up recovery. As the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH also engages in research aimed at improving care.
To ensure optimal outcomes for stroke patients, UH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center offers a highly experienced team of stroke specialists that includes board-certified vascular neurologists, neurointensivists, interventional neuroradiologists, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, nursing and support staff experienced in stroke care.
The center brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines that collaborate using the latest clinical advances and technologies. Many are involved in nationally funded research that may lead to future innovations in medical care.
The UH system also offers the highest quality of stroke care available in the region through its network of community hospitals. University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center and St. John Medical Center are all designated as primary stroke centers. UH is the only system in Ohio with a Comprehensive Stroke Center certification and all of its eligible hospitals designated as primary stroke centers.