DALLAS — With a stroke ending someone’s life every three-and-a-half minutes in the U.S., it comes as no surprise that it ranks No. 6 among all causes of death in Texas. With a focus on providing quality care while patients recover from stroke, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has once again earned the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.
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“Our Comprehensive Stroke Centers — including those in Fort Worth and Plano — provide North Texans with advanced stroke care as soon as they enter our emergency room doors,” said Josh Floren, interim president of Texas Health Dallas.
“Even when stroke survivors exit our doors, the recovery process continues. If necessary, we offer rehabilitation and other resources to help stroke patients get back to enjoying life to the fullest.”
According to Samir Shah, M.D.,* a neurologist on the Texas Health Dallas medical staff and Comprehensive Stroke Program medical director, that translates into a partnership for a lifetime of care.
“People are living longer after stroke, which is good, but certain stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, are becoming more common among younger and middle-aged adults,” he said.
“This certification reflects our commitment to a robust neuroscience program aimed at treating complex neurological diseases and stroke conditions immediately and efficiently. No matter your age, getting back to enjoying life as quickly as possible is the ultimate goal.”
The Comprehensive Stroke Program at Texas Health Dallas includes customized educational and support programs and is enhanced by neurovascular physicians on the medical staff and nurses and therapists specifically trained in stroke care. The program is also equipped with advanced automated stroke imaging technology, a neurosurgical intensive care unit and a neurointerventional suite. The specialized technology and care team provide patients with 24-hour access to high-acuity stroke therapies, including IV thrombolysis and endovascular mechanical thrombectomy.
The DNV certification, which Texas Health Dallas first earned in 2017, highlights successful and cohesive efforts from a multidisciplinary team, said Muraya Muraguri, M.S.N., R.N., Orthopedics and Neurosciences Program manager.
“The work we do helps better the lives of individuals in our care, and impacts their future as well,” he said. “Thankfully, we have the ability, compassion and commitment to provide quality, reliable care to the most critically ill patients in our communities.”
The DNV certification is based on rigorous standards outlined by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
More than 135 hospitals hold certifications as DNV Comprehensive Stroke Centers, but Texas Health Dallas is one of just nine hospitals in North Texas to earn this prestigious recognition.
* Doctors on the medical staffs practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health hospitals or Texas Health Resources.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.