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Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus Has Been Re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center

Cleveland Clinic’s main campus was recently recertified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and recognized as a leader in stroke care. In sharing observations from the review, the surveyor was impressed by the regionalization efforts Cleveland Clinic has made since the last visit in 2009, standardizing stroke care across the health system.

The advanced use of information technology to track and drive improvement in stroke care, as well as telemedicine services to support rapid stroke treatment, were also acknowledged by the surveyor as areas that made an impression.

“The Joint Commission recertifying Cleveland Clinic as a Primary Stroke Center validates our commitment and efforts to providing the highest-quality stroke care to our patients,” said Irene Katzan, MD, MS, Director, Primary Stroke Center.

“This recertification is due in large part to the team of experts providing stroke care across the Cleveland Clinic’s system,” said Peter Rasmussen, MD, Director, Cerebrovascular Center. “Everyone —from the neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists who specialize in stroke care to neuroradiology, rehabilitation, emergency medicine, nursing, Critical Care Transport and Laboratory Medicine — is dedicated to elevating the level of stroke care at Cleveland Clinic.”

Cleveland Clinic offers five Primary Stroke Centers throughout Northeast Ohio to provide consistent, high-quality stroke care and treatment. In addition to main campus, Euclid, Hillcrest, Lakewood and Marymount hospitals are Primary Stroke Centers.

This year, about 795,000 Americans will experience a new or recurrent stroke. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.

The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association. The program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers."