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NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Awarded Comprehensive Stroke Certification From the Joint Commission

The certification recognizes hospitals offering the highest level of care for those with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease.

Nov 02, 2022

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue today announced that it had earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Comprehensive Stroke Certification. This certification recognizes hospitals offering the highest level of care for those with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease. To achieve the certification, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue underwent a rigorous onsite review over the summer. A team from The Joint Commission evaluated compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center certification standards including program management, supporting self-management, and delivering and facilitating clinical care. The Bellevue Comprehensive Stroke Center is a multidisciplinary center that provides advanced Stroke and Neurovascular care in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

“We are proud to be the first public hospital in New York City and one of very few municipal hospitals in the country to achieve this recognition,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Chief Executive Officer William Hicks. “This certification is an acknowledgement of the high level of neurovascular care that we provide to all of our stroke patients, including the many patients requiring this acute level of care who are referred to Bellevue from other hospitals throughout the city.”

“The Comprehensive Stroke Certification from The Joint Commission is a real testament to the quality and dedication of our multidisciplinary team,” said Sara K. Rostanski, MD, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. “Our clinicians work in close collaboration with our colleagues in nursing and quality management to maintain the highest standards of care. Together, we save lives and improve patient outcomes.”

Hospitals awarded the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification are recognized for having state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff, and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex, acute stroke cases. Through comprehensive data management, performance improvement initiatives, and ongoing staff education, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue was able to meet national performance measures required by The Joint Commission to provide the best possible outcomes for patients.

“Comprehensive Stroke Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend NYC Health +Hospitals/Bellevue for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate NYC Health +Hospitals/Bellevue for this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

The Bellevue Comprehensive Stroke Center functions collaboratively as a joint venture among a number of hospital departments and services, including Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Case Management, Pharmacy, and Nutrition Services. Our stroke experts treat the following conditions: ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The hospital also treats a number of neurovascular disorders including arterial dissection, moyamoya disease, cerebral vein thrombosis, arteriovenous malformations, carotid stenosis, intracranial stenosis, intracranial aneurysms, and dural arteriovenous fistulas.

The Joint Commission enterprise is a global driver of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare, which helps organizations across the continuum of care lead the way to zero harm. For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.


About NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is America’s oldest public hospital, established in 1736. Affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine, the 844-bed hospital is a major referral center for highly complex cases, with 6,000 employees including highly skilled, interdisciplinary clinical staff. It is a Level 1 Trauma Center and sees more than 110,000 emergency room visits and more than 444,000 outpatient visits annually. Clinical centers of excellence include: Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care; Cardiovascular Services; Bariatric Surgery; Designated Regional Perinatal Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU); Children’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program; and Cancer Services. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/bellevue or find us on Twitter at @BellevueHosp.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.