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Stroke Certification Fact Sheet

  • The Joint Commission offers four advanced levels of stroke certification for accredited hospitals.
  • Program requirements were developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

The Joint Commission’s four stroke certification programs are:

Applicants for advanced certification must meet the requirements for Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations. Each stroke program has different requirements for diagnostic testing capability, neurosurgical services and clinical performance measures.

A comparison grid provides specific requirements for each program.

Note: See the Disease-Specific Care standards manual for further explanation on the requirements in the grid and additional requirements for each of the programs.

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