Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

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Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes hospitals that meet standards to treat the most complex stroke cases. Eligibility standards include all components of a Primary Stroke Center plus:
  • availability of advanced imaging techniques, including MRI/MRA, CTA, DSA and TCD
  • availability of personnel trained in vascular neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular procedures
  • 24/7 availability of personnel, imaging, operating room and endovascular facilities 
  • ICU/neuroscience ICU facilities and capabilities 
  • experience and expertise treating patients with large ischemic strokes, intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage
This certification is provided through a partnership between the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission, the nation's largest independent healthcare evaluation body.  

Tools and Resources
Hospital teams that commit to earning Comprehensive Stroke Center certification are supported by tools, resources and access to program representatives who can answer questions along the way.
Promotion and Branding
To download logos and branding guidelines, please visit your Joint Commission extranet site.  If you are unable to locate your Joint Commission extranet site, contact
Comprehensive Stroke Center status is the highest level of stroke certification available. Hospitals that earn this extraordinary achievement are recognized at conferences and in both professional and consumer publications. They are also encouraged to celebrate their certification in their communities and display the TJC Gold Seal and AHA Heart-Check mark symbol proudly. In addition, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides recognition to certified hospitals on our quality map.
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