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Patients With Complex Stroke Benefit From Care at Hospitals With Comprehensive Stroke Certification

Rush University Medical Center has been certified as a comprehensive stroke center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The certification confirms that Rush's stroke program has met the highest national standards for safety and quality of care, and further enhances its national reputation as an innovator in health care.

“The stroke team at Rush is proud of this distinction and the high standards we hold,” said James Conners, MD, director of the stroke program at Rush. “Rush is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care. We strive to foster better outcomes through multidisciplinary collaboration and commitment as a leading research institution.”

The commission certifies two levels of stroke care: primary and comprehensive. Comprehensive stroke centers offer the highest level of care, including neurointensive care units, complex neurosurgical interventions, and advanced brain and blood-vessel imaging.

“By achieving this advanced certification, Rush has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, president of the Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and the Joint Commission commends Rush for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, conducted an extensive, on-site review at Rush, collecting data and evaluating the center's performance based on the commission's requirements for the certification designation.

The stroke team at Rush is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond immediately to acute stroke patients. The outpatient cerebrovascular clinics offer neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses and other professionals who specialize in the diagnoses, treatment, study and prevention of strokes and other related neurological problems.

In addition to immediate treatment, Rush provides comprehensive specialized follow-up care for those coping with the aftermath of a stroke or stroke-related condition. Stroke neurologists develop plans to lower the risk of future strokes and work closely with physical, occupational and speech therapists to develop plans that help patients recover from the disabling effects of strokes.

Rush University Medical Center’s neurology and neurosurgery programs were ranked 16th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


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