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University of Kansas Hospital named Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center

Recently, the University of Kansas Hospital was recognized as one of five hospitals in the country — and the only one in the midwest — to be deemed an “Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center” by The Joint Commission

To receive this designation, the hospital’s stroke program was evaluated by an expert team from the Joint Commission to see how well it complied with the comprehensive stroke center standards and requirements, which include:

  • dedicated neuro-intensive care unit beds for complex stroke patients that provide neuro-critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • advanced imaging capabilities
  • provide care annually to 20 or more patients with a diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • perform 15 or more endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures for aneurysm
  • administer IV tPA to an average of 25 or more eligible patients
  • coordinate post hospital care for patients, and
  • participate in stroke research.

The Joint Commission is an independent organization that accredits and certified more than 19,000 healthcare organizations and program in the United States.

Extra work, training

According to a news release from the hospital, the designation of Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center recognizes the significant differences in resources, staff and training necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases. It’s also the newest level of certification by The Joint Commission.

“The higher standards of the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation indicate that our hospital can assist all stroke patients and is better prepared — with state-of-the-art equipment, infrastructure, staff and training — to diagnose and treat patients with the most complex strokes,” said Dr. Colleen Lechtenberg, medical director of the stroke program at The University of Kansas Hospital.

“By achieving this advanced certification, The University of Kansas Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” said Dr. Mark Chassin, FACP, MPP, MPH, president, The Joint Commission.

The hospital’s stroke program was previously recognized in 2006 by The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center, and earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Awards” for stroke and heart care.


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