Parkland Memorial Hospital today announced that it has been granted a certificate of re-designation as a Level I Comprehensive Stroke Facility by the Texas State Department of Health Services. The state designation is valid for a period of two years.
As a state-designated stroke facility, Parkland is one of the few local hospitals to provide 24-hour continuous advanced care for hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. The State of Texas determines eligibility for designation as a primary stroke center based on a facility’s compliance with the Joint Commission, an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies stroke organizations and programs. American health care. The state requires its major stroke centers to maintain Joint Commission Stroke Center Certification, which Parkland first obtained in 2008.
“Your hospital is commended for its commitment to quality care and its commitment to earning and maintaining a full (Level I) designation,” said Timothy Stevenson, DVM, PhD, Associate Commissioner, Division of Consumer Protection, Texas Department of State Health Services. “Congratulations to you and your staff for the vital role the hospital plays in your community.”
“Parkland is proud to be redesignated as a Level I Comprehensive Stroke Facility,” said Michelle Steiner, RN, SCRN, Clinical Director of Neuroscience at Parkland. “The designation provides us with the framework to further strengthen a culture of excellence.”
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability among adults in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, a person has a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
For more information on Parkland’s services, please visit www.parklandhealth.org.