SOURCE: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

February 12, 2015 10:23 ET

North Shore University Hospital Is First on Long Island to Receive Joint Commission's Advanced Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center

MANHASSET, NY--(Marketwired - February 12, 2015) - North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) is the first hospital on Long Island and one of four in New York State to receive advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC). The hospital earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark, in recognition of its ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

"We are committed to providing the highest quality comprehensive stroke care to patients with cerebrovascular disease," said Jeffrey M. Katz, MD, NSUH's chief of vascular neurology and director, stroke. "To receive this advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center is a testament to our robust interdisciplinary team of specialists, including vascular neurologists, interventional neuroradiologists, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, neurointensivists, rehabilitation services, social work, case management and nursing staff. We are committed to excellence in stroke care, offering aggressive and effective treatments for stroke, brain aneurysms, vascular malformations, carotid stenosis and other conditions."

The Joint Commission's CSC certification of North Shore University Hospital's stroke program is a recognition of its national leadership in stroke care. The hospital has implemented disease-oriented practice guidelines and aggressively pursued primary and secondary stroke prevention efforts, comprehensive education for healthcare professionals and the community, and high-impact research.

Established in 2012, advanced certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited, acute-care hospitals. NSUH underwent a rigorous onsite review with Joint Commission experts who evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

To be eligible for advanced certification as a CSC, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a primary stroke center and meet additional requirements, including the following:

  • Have dedicated neuro-intensive care unit beds for complex stroke patients that provide 24/7 neurocritical care.
  • Use advanced imaging modalities.
  • Annually provide care to 20 or more patients with a diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage; perform 15 or more endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures for aneurysm; and administer intravenous tPA, a clot-busting drug, to an average of 25 or more eligible patients.
  • Use a peer review process to evaluate and monitor the care provided to patients with ischemic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • Participate in stroke research.

"By achieving advanced certification, North Shore University Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, Joint Commission's president and CEO. "Certification is a voluntary process and the Joint Commission commends North Shore University Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves."

Stroke is the number fifth cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information about NSUH's Comprehensive Stroke Center, call 516-562-3064 or click here. For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association's Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.

About North Shore University Hospital:

North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset is one of the cornerstones of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, providing a full spectrum of clinical health care services for patients of all ages. It offers a wide range of specialty and subspecialty residency programs, postgraduate training programs and clinical fellowships for research and education. The 806-bed teaching hospital, located on the 58-acre Sandra Atlas Bass Campus, is academically affiliated with the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and employs more than 6,000 highly trained physicians, nurses and other medical staff.

About The Joint Commission:

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 5 killers. The AHA/ASA teams with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit www.heart.org/myhospitals.

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