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Northwestern Memorial Hospital Receives Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission

Northwestern Medicine
News July 11, 2016
Joint Commission and American Heart and Stroke Association logos side-by-sideNorthwestern Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, which means it is part of an elite group of medical centers with demonstrated capabilities to treat the most complex stroke patients. Of the roughly 5,000 hospitals in the United States, only about 100 are comprehensive stroke certified.

“We are excited for this recognition,” said Richard Bernstein MD, director of the Northwestern Medicine Stroke Program and Telestroke. “It reflects the multidisciplinary team we have at Northwestern, working together to provide the best care for patients with stroke.

The certification signifies that Northwestern has the ability to provide the most advanced therapies for stroke of all types and all complexities. It also allows Northwestern Medicine physicians to be able to partner with hospitals around the Chicagoland area through a telestroke program by providing consultation on CT scans and vital signs remotely using telemedicine technology.

“While Northwestern has long been at the forefront of treating complex strokes, formal recognition by the Joint Commission of this highest level of care has important ramifications for stroke patients,” said Babak Jahromi, MD, chief of the division of cerebrovascular/neurointerventional surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “This recognition facilitates rapid patient access to one of the nation’s top ten neuroscience hospitals at their moment of greatest need.”

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the hospital meets Primary Stroke Center standards and demonstrates additional capabilities including:
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients
  • 24/7 availability of specialized treatments
  • Dedicated neuro-intensive care beds for complex stroke patients
  • Advanced imaging offerings
  • Meeting the demands of a high volume of patients
  • Receiving complex patient transfers from Primary Stroke Centers
  • Participation in research
Northwestern Memorial Hospital went through a rigorous onsite review in May 2016 by the Joint Commission who were impressed by the patient flow, the staff’s expertise and compassion and the emphasis on education for all disciplines involved in the care for complex stroke patients.

 “Comprehensive Stroke Center certification validates the team’s efforts to not only care for patients who have had a stroke, but also improves their quality of life,” says Deborah L. Bergman, advanced practice nurse and stroke program manager at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Patients here are getting the highest quality and best evidence-based care possible.”

Learn more about Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Centers or to find a physician, please call 312.926.0779.

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