The University of Minnesota Health Stroke Center joined an elite group of approximately 100 stroke treatment centers nationwide in early June, when it received the Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Stroke Center certification.
The certification confirms the M Health Stroke Center’s position as a top regional center for acute stroke care with expertise in treating the full range of cerebrovascular diseases, such as ischemic stroke, cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and carotid disease.
The recognition was given following a lengthy evaluation process conducted by the Joint Commission, which includes rigorous standards for patient care; education and research; the expertise and accessibility of providers and staff; and diagnostic and treatment capabilities.
“Our certification is a significant accomplishment demonstrating our expertise in the region and our commitment to patient care and research,” said M Health Neurologist Mustapha Ezzeddine, MD, who is the medical director for the Stroke Center. “My sincere thanks to our providers and staff for their dedication to helping us become a premier center.”
The M Health Stroke Center is a leader in the development and implementation of innovative cerebrovascular care. Patients receive care from specialists in stroke neurology, neurosurgery, neurointerventional care, neurocritical care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and emergency medicine. This multidisciplinary approach also includes coordinated care by speech, physical and occupational therapists, social works, care coordinators, nurses and pharmacists. Our outpatient clinic provides evaluation, consultation, planning for procedures and follow-up.
There are currently more than 100 other Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the country, and University of Minnesota Health now has one of only three Joint Commission-certified centers in the region. Our program also has the distinction of being regional coordinating center for the National Institutes of Health-funded StrokeNET, the national research network for clinical trials and research to advance acute stroke treatment, prevention and recovery.