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Capital Health Attains Highest Level of Joint Commission Stroke Designation
Date:7/19/2013

andards, including dedicated neuro-intensive care unit beds for complex stroke patients with 24/7 neuro-critical care, advanced imaging capability, coordination of patient’s post-hospital care, and participation in stroke research.

Perhaps the most important, the Institute for Neurosciences exceeded minimum volume requirements for treating patients with various neurosurgical conditions, including subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysms (both endovascular coiling and surgical clipping) and in administering potentially lifesaving clot-busting medication, IV tPA.

“This prestigious designation confirms that we achieved what we set out to accomplish four years ago when we opened our institute: create a state-of-the art center providing the highest level of neurologic care possible,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, Director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences. “Our model brings top physicians from around the nation under one roof to focus on one specialty — diseases and injury to the brain and spine — and to perform better in that specialty than anyone else,” Dr. Veznedaroglu said.

The advanced capabilities at the Capital Institute for Neurosciences include:

  •     A 40-bed dedicated, closed Neuro Intensive Care Unit, one of the largest in the nation.
  •     The nation’s only emergency department specifically for brain emergencies, called the Center for Neurologic Emergency Medicine.
  •     Neurosurgeons dual trained in both traditional and endovascular neurosurgical approaches.

In addition, the Capital Institute for Neurosciences treated more patients requiring brain and aneurysm surgeries in 2011 than any other hospital in the State of New Jersey. The institute was one of only eight hospitals in the country reporting stroke care measures in 2011 to be recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality M
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