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Stroke Center Certification: Providing the Best Possible Outcomes

Photos1If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, every minute matters. JFK is proud to announce the medical center has been awarded the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation by The Joint Commission — making JFK one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to achieve this certification.

The stroke program at JFK earned certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission in 2009, the highest designation awarded at that time. In September 2012, The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association's Brain Attack Coalition, launched the Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. This new level of certification recognizes the significant resources in staff, training and state-of-the-art infrastructure that Comprehensive Stroke Centers must have to treat complex cases.

For our patients, the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation means they have advantages that can only be found in a Joint Commission-accredited acute care medical center like JFK:

  • 24/7 access to advanced imaging capabilities and treatment options, including endovascular interventions and clinical trials
  • Staff who are educated to care for complex stroke patients throughout the continuum of care, from EMS to discharge
  • A specially trained multidisciplinary team to coordinate individualized posthospital care and goals for each patient
  • 24/7 access to a comprehensive stroke team that includes neurologists, interventional neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neurointensivists, neurorehabilitation specialists, nurses, therapists, case managers and social workers

 

Achieving Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation was a hospital-lwide initiative that involved a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, technicians and staff working together across multiple departments.

The Stroke and Cerebrovascular Program at the JFK New Jersey Neuroscience Institute is one of the largest in New Jersey. "This designation reflects our high level of commitment to treating stroke patients and providing the best possible outcomes," Martin Gizzi, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the JFK New Jersey Neuroscience Institute. "As the No. 1 cause of disability and a leading cause of death in the United States, stroke is a significant public health concern. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we've demonstrated that stroke patients who are brought to JFK have access to advanced stroke care that's designed to help them not only survive, but recover."

The criteria for certification include participation in research, access to advanced imaging, and performing a minimum number of procedures, as well as treating a minimum number of conditions at the center annually. The goal of this new higher level of certification is to recognize the significant differences in resources, staff and training that are necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases.