FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
In 2019, Texas Health Fort Worth became the first hospital in the city to achieve the prestigious certification, demonstrating its expertise in treating stroke patients quickly and efficiently. The hospital currently is also the only advanced comprehensive stroke center in Tarrant County to be certified by The Joint Commission and is one of fewer than 45 comprehensive stroke facilities in Texas.
The certification encompasses the full spectrum of stroke care — diagnosis, education, rehabilitation and treatment.
“We’re truly humbled to care for the highest number of stroke patients* in North Texas, because it demonstrates how much the community values and respects the care we provide to patients and their family members,” said Joseph DeLeon, president of Texas Health Fort Worth.
“For Tarrant County and the entire North Texas region, we are that extended support system for stroke patients and their loved ones, before and after surgery. And to continuously earn this certification shows we’re truly invested in the community. We are honored to provide the highest level of neurological care.”
Someone dies of stroke every 3 minutes and 30 seconds in the U.S., making it the No. 5 cause of death overall, according to the American Heart Association. It ranks as the No. 5 cause of death in Texas as well.
The stroke program at Texas Health Fort Worth offers the physician specialists and technologies necessary for better diagnosis and treatment of stroke, including a dedicated neurosurgical intensive care unit, educational and support programs, a Brain Injury Transitional Services program, advanced imaging systems to identify clots deep in the brain and virtual stroke care capabilities.
“Upholding this certification since 2019 demonstrates Texas Health Fort Worth’s continued commitment to excellence,” said Vinit Mehrotra, M.D., a neurologist on the hospital’s medical staff and medical director of its stroke program. “It represents yet another way we pledge to the community that quality treatment, education and rehab will be provided to every stroke patient – from those with minor symptoms to those most critically ill,” he said.
To be eligible for certification, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.
Established in 2012, the certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.
Follow this link to learn how Texas Health is advancing neurological care throughout North Texas.
* Source: Statistical information provided by Texas Health Care Information Collection.
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.