UK HealthCare has been re-designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
UK HealthCare was first designated a CSC in 2014. It is one of 96 U.S. institutions — and the only one in Lexington– with CSC-designation. This is the highest level of stroke certification available from TJC, reflecting the availability of resources, staff and training when treating complex stroke cases.
“UK’s re-certification attests to our team’s ability to provide the highest possible quality multidisciplinary care to the most medically complex patients with stroke,” stated Larry Goldstein, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Kentucky. “The certification process is quite rigorous, and the recognition is afforded to only a small number of elite hospitals nationwide. We are thrilled to have our professionals’ hard work recognized and to be able to offer these services to the citizens of the commonwealth.”
An advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has an unparalleled amount of resources in infrastructure, staff, and training to provide state-of-the-art care to all patients. They offer a neuro-intensive care unit for complex stroke patients who require 24/7 care, advanced imaging capabilities, and participate in stroke research. They also coordinate post hospital care for patients, use a peer review process to evaluate and monitor the patient’s care, and analyze and use standardized performance measure data to continually improve treatment plans.