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UPMC Awarded Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center 

PITTSBURGH, June 24, 2013 UPMC Presbyterian hospital was awarded Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification for its ability to assess and treat the most complex stroke cases, the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) announced today. UPMC Presbyterian is one of only 34 medical centers nationally to receive comprehensive certification.
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification was established in September 2012 to recognize hospitals that have significant resources in training, infrastructure and staff to provide state-of-the-art complex stroke care. Centers that receive the designation are required to have advanced imaging capabilities, provide neuro-critical care 24 hours a day/seven days per week, conduct clinical research, care for patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage, and perform endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures for aneurysm.
“Our multidisciplinary team of experts is dedicated to providing the best and most advanced therapies to treat stroke,” noted Tudor Jovin, M.D., associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director, UPMC Stroke Institute. “Our goal is to restore cognitive and physical function.”
According to the AHA/ASA, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Survival and recovery from the disabling symptoms of stroke improve significantly with early treatment and restoration of blood flow to the brain. For every hour’s delay in medical treatment, the chances of good outcome and recovery decline significantly. Therefore, it is critical that treatment start as soon as possible.
Stroke care at UPMC Presbyterian is delivered by the UPMC Stroke Institute, where experts treat more than 1,500 patients each year and advise doctors for hundreds of others through the UPMC Stroke Telemedicine Program, which provides real-time assessments of patients located outside of the Pittsburgh area. UPMC is ranked seventh in the nation for neurosurgery and neurology, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings.
“The UPMC Stroke Institute’s neurologists and neurosurgeons are among the national leaders in stroke therapy and can offer patients advanced or investigational stroke therapies not available at other stroke treatment centers,” said Lawrence Wechsler, M.D., chair, University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurology. “The Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes that we are a leading provider of high-quality medical and surgical stroke treatment for our patients.”

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