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What's the difference between a Primary Stroke Center and a Comprehensive Stroke Center?

Upstate University Hospital is pleased to announce the distinction of becoming the first hospital in the Central New York region to be awarded DNV Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. That designation encompasses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication.

“Accreditation and certification in healthcare provide much more than recognition,” says Yehuda Dror, president of DNV Healthcare. “These programs help establish standards of excellence and best practices that directly impact patients’ lives. Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest level that can be achieved by a stroke-care program, and we are pleased to be working with the leading organizations to bring forward this new certification. This certification is available to all qualifying hospitals, regardless of who their accrediting organization is.”

Primary Stroke Center vs. Comprehensive Stroke Center designation

Patient care: Takes care of most cases of ischemic (blood vessel blockage) types of stroke. Patient care: Cares for all types of stroke patients, (blood vessel blockage) including bleeding (or hemorrhagic) strokes, such as those caused by brain aneurysms.
Minimally invasive catheter procedures: Not required. Minimally invasive catheter procedures: 24/7 access to minimally invasive catheter procedures to treat stroke.
Specialized ICU: No requirement for a separate intensive care for stroke patients. Specialized ICU: Dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit for unit stroke patients.
Neurosurgery: Access to neurosurgery within 2 hours. Neurosurgery: On-site neurosurgical availability 24/7 with the ability to perform complex neurovascular procedures, such as brain aneurysm clipping, vascular malformation surgery and carotid endarterectomy.
Patient transfers: Sends complex patients to a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Patient transfers: Receives patients from Primary Stroke Centers.