Stanford Hospital is first in nation to earn comprehensive stroke center designation

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is the first hospital in the country to earn the newest level of certification for advanced stroke care, awarded by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

“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.

A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Stanford Hospital & Clinics and its Stroke Center for two days in October for its compliance with the new comprehensive stroke center standards and requirements, including advanced imaging and treatment capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, participation in research, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. The surveyors found the hospital met or exceeded all required standards.

“Stroke patients who are treated at Stanford can have confidence that the hospital has put in place the critical elements necessary to meet their unique needs,” said commission President MARK CHASSIN in announcing the certification earlier this month. “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.”

Read the full announcement on the Medical Center news website.