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UH Case Medical Center awarded highest certification as Comprehensive Stroke Center
Date:3/13/2013

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center has become the first hospital in Northeast Ohio and 19th in the nation to achieve The Joint Commission's standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, joining an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Comprehensive stroke centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in all aspects of stroke care and prevention.

The recognition comes from The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. UH Case Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review in November. Joint Commission experts reviewed UH Case Medical Center's compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

"By achieving this advanced certification, University Hospitals Case Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP., MPH., President, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends University Hospitals Case Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves."

Warren Selman, MD, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at UH and Director of the UH Neurological Institute said, "Our physicians, nurses, and staff have worked diligently toward the end of providing the highest quality of stroke care for our patients and
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Contact: George Stamatis
george.stamatis@uhhospitals.org
216-844-3667
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
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