In addition to Primary Stroke Center accreditation, Texas Health Fort Worth and Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Plano, have also earned designation as Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
The Texas Health hospitals that have received certification as a primary stroke center are able to participate in the Dallas Area Stroke Network. The network sends stroke patients to hospitals that have met the commission's high standards for stroke care.
Rigorous Qualifying Reviews
To earn this certification in stroke, hospitals must pass the initial site survey and submit specific quality measures to The Joint Commission on a regular basis. A repeat on-site review is required every two years. The distinction recognizes the level of care provided to stroke patients at the hospital and the program's commitment to quality improvement. The Joint Commission's review also looks at the level of stroke education provided to clinical staff who potentially care for stroke patients. It also reviews physician education records and conducts both patient and staff interviews.
In addition to Primary Stroke Center accreditation, Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Plano have earned designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV-GL Healthcare.
Texas Health Fort Worth is recognized as a Joint Commission Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, one of the highest certifications that U.S. hospitals can achieve. They are the only hospital in Fort Worth and one of only three hospitals in the North Texas Region to achieve this accreditation. Texas Health Fort Worth is committed to maintaining quality outcomes that exceed the national average when compared to other comprehensive stroke centers in the country.
A comprehensive center displays a multidisciplinary approach to stroke care and is supported by a neurovascular medical director on the medical staff and nurses and therapists specifically trained in stroke care. The stroke center is also required to be equipped with advanced technology, including updated facilities and telemedicine technology. The continuum of care provided by a comprehensive center — from emergency services through rehabilitation to community outreach and education — exemplifies the hospital’s dedication to excellence and to fulfilling its mission to help improve the health of people in the communities served.
Our comprehensive stroke centers in Plano, Dallas and Fort Worth offer advanced stroke capabilities including either a Neuro ICU or dedicated ICU stroke beds with 24/7, on-site coverage provided by neurocritical care providers, which can include neurointensivist physicians on the medical staff and advanced acute-care nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Neurointensivists are fellowship-trained physicians on the medical staff with expertise in managing critically ill brain, spinal cord and other neurological illnesses and injuries. They are able to recognize and manage medical complications affecting other body systems (like heart, lungs, kidneys, infections etc.) in a stroke patient and understand the bearing of other such medical conditions on a patient’s injured brain.
These certifications reflect our commitment to a robust neuroscience program aimed at treating neurological diseases and conditions that afflict people throughout the North Texas region.
In addition to certified advanced care, our facilities offer a complete continuum of care following a stroke to help you get back to life as quickly as possible. Our programs share rehabilitation and recovery resources and are available on both inpatient and outpatient bases. Texas Health Dallas’s stroke rehabilitation program holds an accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Support groups are also offered. Contact a Texas Health hospital conveniently located near you to find out more.