Medical City Fort Worth June 23, 2016

Medical City Fort Worth has been officially recertified as a comprehensive stroke center (CSC), reflecting the highest level of competence in treating serious stroke events.

In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the most appropriate, reimbursable care. According to a study published in 2015, CSCs have been shown to improve clinical outcomes and mitigate disparities in ischemic stroke patients. In addition, hemorrhagic stroke patients admitted to CSCs are more likely to receive neurosurgical and endovascular treatments and be alive at 90 days than patients admitted to other hospitals.

“With stroke -- or brain attack-- care, you must have the best clinicians and resources, along with the ability to act with extreme efficiency because of the time-critical nature of stroke treatment,” Medical City Fort Worth CEO Clay Franklin said. “This recertification validates the efforts we continually put into this program for the health and safety of our patients.”

Medical City Fort Worth first earned the CSC designation in 2013, making it the first certified CSC in North Texas. Medical City Fort Worth remains the only CSC in Tarrant County and the only Fort Worth hospital that is part of the Texas Stroke Institute stroke care network. The recent recertification lasts for three years and includes annual visits from the DNV GL Healthcare comprehensive stroke center certification survey team to ensure continued compliance. The certification is based on standards set by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association and affirms that Medical City Fort Worth's program addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.