What is a Comprehensive Stroke Center
The Joint Commission has been awarded St. Anthony Hospital its Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, effective June 3, 2013.
This advanced certification, developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, recognizes the select group of hospitals with the state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training necessary to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. Our hospital completed its intensive site survey for this certification on April 17, 2013.
In addition to meeting all standards for Disease-Specific Care and Primary Stroke Center designation, Comprehensive Stroke Center certification confirms St. Anthony Hospital:
- Has dedicated neuro-intensive care unit beds for complex stroke patients that provide neuro-critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Uses advanced imaging capabilities
- Annually provides care to 20 or more patients with a diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage; performs 15 or more endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures for aneurysm; and administers IV tPA to an average of 25 or more eligible patients
- Coordinates post-hospital care for patients
- Uses a peer review process to evaluate and monitor the care provided to patients with ischemic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Participates in stroke research
Moreover, St. Anthony Hospital meets the performance measurement requirements for primary stroke centers by collecting data for the eight stroke core measures and submitting monthly data points every quarter through the Certification Measure Information Process (CMIP).
Stroke Support Group
Stroke is a life altering experience. That is why St. Anthony Hospital offers a free community stroke support group to stroke survivors and caregivers. This group provides an avenue to meet others who understand what you are going through, share experiences and provide support and resources for life after stroke.