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The Mount Sinai Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification as Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission

Mount Sinai is the first hospital in New York State to receive The Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center certification.

  • New York, NY
  • (July 12, 2013)

The Mount Sinai Medical Center is the first medical center in New York State to be recognized by The Joint Commission with Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. Mount Sinai joins an elite group of providers around the country who meet The Joint Commission’s standards for complex stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as leaders in the medical community and are influential in setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care.

The Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have the state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to treat patients with the most complex strokes. In June 2013, Joint Commission experts reviewed Mount Sinai’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

"By achieving this advanced certification, Mount Sinai has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Mount Sinai for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

The Mount Sinai Stroke Center is one of the first multidisciplinary stroke centers of its kind.  Under the leadership of Stanley Tuhrim, MD, Professor and Clinical Vice Chair of Neurology, the Center has assembled an outstanding team of experts who specialize in innovative research-based and clinical approaches to evaluating, treating and rehabilitating patients with cerebrovascular diseases. Mount Sinai has pioneered major advances in medical therapies for treating and preventing stroke, surgical techniques for stroke prevention and innovative interventional neuroradiologic procedures for stroke patients, with the goal of significantly improving the chances that a patient can prevent, or recover optimally, from a stroke. Mount Sinai is also focused on stroke prevention in the community it serves.

“Mount Sinai has been steadfastly committed to educating our community about stroke risk, signs and symptoms,” said Dr. Tuhrim. “However, despite these accomplishments, there is still much work to be done to reduce the burden of stroke in our community. The Mount Sinai Stroke Center is actively involved in community outreach activities and in potentially groundbreaking research to optimize chronic disease self-management skills in stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) survivors. We are honored that the Joint Commission has recognized us for our dedication to research and the care of our patients.”

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers,” (Stroke, 2005), and “Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers,” (Stroke, 2011), and on recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.  

“Mount Sinai is deeply invested in providing the best quality care for our stroke patients with state-of-the-art technologies and renowned clinical staff,” said David Reich, MD, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital. “Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients.”

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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