A stroke is a medical crisis that demands urgency, ideally in the form of ambulance transportation to the emergency room. When a blood vessel is blocked or ruptures, lack of oxygen causes brain cells to die. Immediate, skilled care is vital.
Our stroke center is certified and designated an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center means that the organization has met The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, making it part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Complex Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care. These centers have advanced infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.
In addition, the center has been honored by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association with several awards, including the Gold Quality Award and Get with the Guidelines. We are especially proud of our Target Stroke Award, which recognizes our ability to provide rapid, emergent treatment. Our stroke center is the only recipient of this award in metropolitan Washington.
The hallmark of our stroke care is consistency. The emergency room neurologist follows patients for the duration of their hospital stays and after discharge.