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Saturday 9:59 CST, December 16, 2017

Certification for Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Centers

Certification Contact Directory

Patrick Phelan
Executive Director
(630) 792-5145

David Eickemeyer
Associate Director

Caroline Isbey
Associate Director

Zachary George
Associate Director

Loren Rohal
Associate Director

Francine Topps
Business Development Specialist

The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is offering a new advanced stroke certification for Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Centers (TSC) in response to the need to identify hospitals that meet rigorous standards for performing endovascular thrombectomy (EVT).

Why Get Certified as a TSC?

  • Recent studies have shown the efficacy of mechanical thrombectomy for large vessel occlusive ischemic strokes
  • For the best patient outcomes, it is important to have a diverse network of stroke-certified hospitals, so patients can get to the right location as soon as possible


  • Demonstrate compliance with the new standards for TSC certification – view pre-publication standards
  • Meet the minimum mechanical thrombectomy volume requirement (see table below)
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform mechanical thrombectomy 24/7
  • Maintain dedicated intensive care beds for acute ischemic stroke patients
  • Meet the expectations for the availability of staff and practitioners closely aligned with Comprehensive Stroke Center Expectations
  • Collect and review data regarding adverse patient outcomes following mechanical thrombectomy
  • Collect data for 13 standardized performance measures – view the standardized performance measures


To determine eligibility, applicants must identify the number of neurointerventionists who routinely provide thrombectomies at the center. Eligibility is based on the combined number of mechanical thrombectomies performed by these neurointerventionists in the previous 12 or 24 months prior to the application date.  Mechanical thrombectomies performed at other hospitals (i.e.; previous employment) can be considered in the first year that a neurointerventionist is on the medical staff. 

# of Neurointerventionists Minimum # of thrombectomies in the previous 12 months Or, Minimum number of thrombectomies in previous 24 months
 1  12  24
 2  24  48
 3  36  72

Application Process

Organizations interested in pursuing TSC advanced certification may apply beginning January 1, 2018.

If your hospital is committed to achieving TSC certification, and has a primary stroke recertification date between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, click here for more information on making the immediate transition to TSC. 

For more information, complete our form or call (630) 792-5291 or email certification@jointcommission.org for a complimentary overview of the standards.