MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the first hospital in the Washington, D.C., region to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, according to a news release. The hospital center joins an elite group of only 73 medical centers nationwide to receive this prestigious designation, which focuses on providing a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease, according to the release.
To achieve the recognition, MedStar Washington Hospital Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in May, when Joint Commission surveyors reviewed compliance with all comprehensive stroke center standards and requirements.
We are extremely proud to have been recognized by the Joint Commission with its highest distinction for stroke care, Amie Hsia, MD, medical director of the Stroke Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said in the release. This certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center highlights our position as a leader in stroke care for the region, and the exceptional care we provide to our patients who come from all over the Washington, D.C., area and beyond.
In 2004, the hospitals Stroke Center forged a partnership with the National Institutes of Health to establish a stroke research program at the hospital with a focus on using MRI to develop new treatments for acute stroke, according to the release. In 2005, the Stroke Center was the first in Washington, D.C., to earn the Joint Commissions designation as a Primary Stroke Center, according to the release.
Most recently, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognized the hospital with its 2014 Get With The GuidelinesStroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target Stroke Honor Roll for getting eligible stroke patients clot-busting drugs within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital. The hospital center is one of a few in the nation to use MRI as first line imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke, according to the release.
This advanced certification demonstrates MedStar Washington Hospital Centers level of commitment in caring for patients with complex stroke conditions, Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission, said in the release. Certification is a voluntary process, and we commend the Hospital Center stroke program for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.