The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association have maintained a unique relationship, established in 2003 to promote the provision of excellent stroke care in hospitals all across the United States.
There are currently more than 900 Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Centers that have an established, formal program to treat stroke patients effectively and consistently with the goal of improving care and outcomes.
Now, with the Guidance of the Brain Attack Coalition, The Joint Commission has developed an Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers; those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.
The goal of establishing this new level of certification is to recognize the significant differences in resources, staff and training that are necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases. We also anticipate that, over time, municipalities and regions will develop a formal referral network so the most complicated cases can be treated at the centers best equipped to provide the specialized care that can lead to better outcomes.