OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. –The Joint Commission and the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association together announced that The
Stanford Stroke Center at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in
Palo Alto, California, is the first hospital in the country to meet
The Joint Commission's standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center
Certification. Comprehensive Stroke Certification is the third
Disease-Specific Care program on which The Joint Commission and the
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are
collaborating. The other programs include Primary Stroke Center
Certification and Advanced Certification in Heart Failure.
The new level of certification recognizes hospitals that have
state-of-the-art equipment, infrastructure, staff and training to
diagnose and treat patients with the most complex strokes.
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification was 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.
A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated The Stanford
Stroke Center on October 18 and 19, 2012, for compliance with the
Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements, including
advanced imaging and treatment capabilities, 24/7 availability of
specialized treatments, participation in research, and staff and
physicians with the unique education and competencies to care for
complex stroke patients. The surveyors found the hospital met or
exceeded all required standards.
"The Joint Commission commends Stanford Hospital & Clinics
for seeking and achieving certification as part of its commitment to
focusing on the care processes that produce the best outcomes for
complex stroke patients," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP,
M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. "Stroke patients
who are treated at Stanford can have added confidence that the
hospital has put in place the critical elements necessary to meet
their unique needs."
For Stanford Hospital, achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center
certification is the culmination of a 20-year journey to develop an
integrated neuroscience center—one of the first of its kind in the
United States. The hospital's Stroke Center includes specialists in
the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-interventional radiology,
nursing, rehabilitation, emergency medicine, social work, pharmacy and
nutrition, all using a coordinated approach to caring for complex
stroke patients. Recognized around the world as a leader in stroke
treatment, prevention and research, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
was among the first hospitals in the country to receive Primary Stroke
Center certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association.
The Stanford Stroke Center was founded in 1992 by Gregory W.
Albers, M.D., the Coyote Foundation Professor of Neurology and
Neurological Sciences; Michael P. Marks, M.D., Chief of
Interventional Neuroradiology, Professor of Radiology; Gary K.
Steinberg, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery,
Director of the Institute for Neuro-Innnovation and Translational
Neurosciences and the Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph
Hearst Professor of Neurosurgery and the Neurosciences – all of whom
still direct the program today.
"We are very pleased to have earned The Joint Commission
and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's
recognition. The leading-edge standards of care The Stanford Stroke
Center team developed and refined over the last 20 years should be
upheld as a national model," said Amir Dan Rubin, president and
CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics. "Drs. Albers, Marks and
Steinberg knew from the very start of the Center that the most
effective way to battle complex stroke cases was to create a truly
coordinated, multi-disciplinary team that united experts from every
related field – not just those dedicated to neurology, neurosurgery
and neuroradiology, but also experts in nursing, rehabilitation,
emergency medicine and pharmacy, amongst others. This approach has
improved patient outcomes and pioneered significant advances in stroke
diagnosis and treatment."
Each year, The Stanford Stroke Center cares for more than 2,000
patients annually in its ambulatory care clinic, emergency room,
in-hospital stroke service, neurological critical care unit and
operating rooms. It also acts as a regional resource, expediting care
for patients from outside the area; the hospital maintains a Life
Flight helicopter on stand-by for patients who require emergency
transfer to its facilities.
The Stanford Stroke Center has pioneered major advances in
medical therapies for treating and preventing stroke, innovative
neurosurgical techniques for stroke prevention and ground-breaking
interventional neuroradiologic procedures. It has developed a novel
TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) program that has transformed the way
TIA is diagnosed and managed. The hospital's Neurocritical Care
Program has made key advances in the diagnosis of intracerebral
hemorrhage and the prognosis of coma. Stanford neuroscientists have
helped clarify the basic mechanisms of stroke-induced brain injury and
have developed several new imaging techniques that allow them to
successfully treat selected patients up to 12 hours after symptom
onset. The hospital's unique hybrid interventional radiology/operating
room allows for faster collaboration between specialists in
neurosurgery and neuroradiology, streamlining the treatment process.
"The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
congratulates Stanford Hospital & Clinics and its health care
providers, staff and administration as the recipientsof the first
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification," commented Mark J.
Alberts, M.D., FAHA, American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association spokesperson and incoming Vice-Chair of Neurology and
Neurotherapeutics at UTSW Medical Center. "Comprehensive Stroke
Centers offer a high level of care for patients with the most severe
and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease. We look
forward to certifying other facilities of this caliber in the near future."
For more information about The Joint Commission's Comprehensive
Stroke Center Certification program, please call 630-792-5291 or
e-mail Jean Range at firstname.lastname@example.org.