Stroke Care at Georgetown University Hospital Nationally Recognized—Again!

Patients suffering stroke symptoms in the Washington, D.C. region are once again assured the best possible care available when receiving treatment at Georgetown University Hospital.

January 3, 2012

(Washington, D.C.) – Patients suffering stroke symptoms in the Washington, D.C. region are once again assured the best possible care available when receiving treatment at Georgetown University Hospital.

The Joint Commission has recertified GUH as a Primary Stroke Center after a recent rigorous review of the hospital’s clinical care standards, practice guidelines and performance measurement activities. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.

“This recertification is indicative of the absolutely outstanding stroke care program we have here at Georgetown, which is a cornerstone of our neurosciences services and the Hospital as a whole,” said Richard Goldberg, MD, Georgetown University Hospital president.

“The stroke center recertification demonstrates our continued commitment to providing the highest level of stroke care for our community," said Chelsea Kidwell, MD director of GUH’s Stroke Center. “This is an important recognition of our ability to adhere to national standards that are proven to improve the outcomes for people who suffer strokes."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that someone in America suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and that someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.

It is estimated that this year 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke; 800,000 people in the US will die of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Stroke is a leading cause of disability; in 2005 the CDC reports that 1.1 million American stroke survivors claim to have difficulty performing basic daily tasks.

“As a certified Primary Stroke Center, the people in our community know they can rely on our entire acute care team to be fully prepared around the clock to provide immediate care for stroke patients. This includes our clinical experts in the Emergency Department, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Critical Care and other services. Their combined expertise translates into the best possible care for stroke patients at Georgetown, and is an excellent example of how we continually deliver on our vision of being the trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health,” Dr. Goldberg said.

Georgetown University Hospital was first officially named a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center in 2007.

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