In 1992, three physicians at Stanford recognized that the most effective way to battle complex stroke cases was to create a truly coordinated, multi-disciplinary team that united experts from every related field – not just those dedicated to neurology, neurosurgery and neuroradiology, but also experts in nursing, rehabilitation, emergency medicine, social work, pharmacy and nutrition. They jointly founded the Stanford Stroke Center, an integrated neuroscience center - one of the first of its kind in the United States.
Today, their work is being honored as Stanford Hospital is named the first hospital in the country to be certified through The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification program, co-sponsored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. What this means, as Mark R. Chassin, MD, president of The Joint Commission, shares in a release, is that "stroke patients who are treated at Stanford can have added confidence that the hospital has put in place the critical elements necessary to meet their unique needs.”
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