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UT Southwestern University Hospital -- St. Paul recognized as Primary Stroke Center
Date:8/24/2010

eatrice Menne Haggerty Center for Research on Brain Injury and Repair in Stroke. "Patients have the best recovery when they are treated in specialized facilities staffed by expert physicians, nurses and therapists."

Stroke specialists at the medical center pioneered development of some of the most advanced and effective brain aneurysm procedures and technologies in use today, including helping to refine the fast-acting drug tPA to rapidly dissolve blood clots. UT Southwestern's other stroke-prevention procedures include special lasers to connect arteries without stopping blood flow to the brain and a special stent (thin tubular mesh) designed specifically for blood vessels in the brain to prevent further strokes. UT Southwestern has added the Aquilion One dynamic volume computed tomography (CT) scanner, which creates 3-D movies of an organ in real time to quickly diagnose strokes and heart attacks.

Reviewers with expertise in stroke care conducted the on-site certification review in July based on the evaluation of standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities from the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association.

Certification signifies that UT Southwestern University Hospital St. Paul's stroke services have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes and that the hospital effectively manages its resources to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients, according to the Joint Commission.

Founded in 1951, the not-for-profit commission evaluates and accredits more than 9,500 hospitals and home care organizations, and provides certification of more than 1,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services.

"This latest distinction further underscores UT Southwestern's status as one of the nation's top stroke treatment facilities and the exceptional efforts made daily by our physicians and careg
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Contact: Russell Rian
russell.rian@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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