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Palmetto General Hospital Achieves Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center

Feb 12, 2020
Miami, Fla. (August 2, 2016) – Palmetto General Hospital, part of the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ANN), earns recognition from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. As one of only two in South Florida and four in the state with this distinction, the hospital is part of an elite group of providers 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.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. During a rigorous onsite evaluation, Joint Commission experts reviewed Palmetto General 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.

“Since being designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2013 by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, we have worked hard to achieve this new recognition from The Joint Commission,” said Ana Mederos, CEO of Palmetto General Hospital. “It is our privilege to offer our community access to comprehensive stroke care, including some of the most advanced technology and lifesaving procedures available.”

During a stroke, up to 1.9 million neurons die each minute. When a stroke occurs, every minute counts because blood flow to the brain is blocked. The likelihood of recovery is greatly improved when treatment begins as quickly as possible. The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Palmetto General Hospital has saved many lives because of its talented neuroscience team and access to some of the most advanced diagnostic and interventional technology. The center aims to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. This is called the door-to-needle (DTN) time.

“Our mean DTN time is currently at about 27 minutes, compared to the national average of 48 minutes,” said Dr. Ritesh Kaushal, medical director of Palmetto General Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. “We are nearly twice as fast as other hospitals and are continuing our efforts to reduce that number even further.” 

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