The Joint Commission has designated The Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital as New England and Connecticut’s first and only Comprehensive Stroke Center. The recognition from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association means the hospital is part of an elite group of hospitals and health care systems that can offer the most specialized stroke care twenty four hours a day, seven days a week with specialized providers who are dedicated and focused on complex stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care by meeting The Joint Commission’s meticulous standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is much like being designated a Level 1 trauma center in that it recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. Hartford Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in February 2013. Joint Commission experts reviewed Hartford Hospital’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

"By achieving this advanced certification, Hartford Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Hartford Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

“Hartford Hospital is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care based on current scientific research to ensure continuous improvement in care,” said Isaac E. Silverman, M.D., the Stroke Center's co-medical director and vascular neurologist. “Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification has confirmed what we know: We offer exceptional, cutting edge stroke care to our patients, as we aim to improve care overall for our community.”

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers,” (Stroke, 2005), and “Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers,” (Stroke, 2011), and on recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates Hartford Hospital on its Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification,” commented Mark J. Alberts, M.D., FAHA, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association spokesperson and incoming Vice-Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease.”

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center visit www.jointcommission.org or www.heart.org/myhospital.

 2013 Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Certification
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Hartford Hospital for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals and 75% or higher compliance with 5 of 8 Get With the Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes in addition to achieving IV rt-PA door-to-needle times ≤ 60 minutes in 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients (minimum of 6) during one calendar quarter.