History of Stroke Excellence

History of Stroke Excellence

Advancing Care and Enhancing Outcomes for Stroke Patients

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospitals Neurological Institute in Cleveland, Ohio has a legacy of innovation in advancing care protocols and overall excellence in outcomes.

The center is recognized for a number of stroke care advances, including:

  • Cleveland Health Quality Choice, 1991-1998: Developed a data collection tool adopted by Get with the Guidelines.
  • Leadership in American Heart Association Cuyahoga County Operation Stroke, 1999: Stroke data collection led to key publications.
  • Coverdell National Stroke Registry, 2000 – present: Northeast Ohio was the first to collect regional data.
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center staff have developed NINDS guidelines and authored AHA/ASA and other national practice statements.
  • Increased the use of tPA or "clot busting therapy" for ischemic stroke by 13.5 times throughout UH system hospitals since launching the System Stroke Program in 2008.
  • The only health network in northeast Ohio that shares data and best practices across its entire system to standardize stroke protocols to ensure that the same high level of stroke care is delivered, regardless of location.