ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regions Hospital is the first hospital in Minnesota to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Regions is one of three hospitals in the five-state area and one of only 65 hospitals nationally to achieve this designation.
This new level of certification was launched by the Joint Commission in September 2012 in an effort to recognize hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. Requirements include 24/7 neuro-critical care capabilities, neurosurgery, coordinated post-hospital care and a commitment to stroke research.
“People don’t always end up at the right hospital for the level of care they need,” said Bret Haake, MD, HealthPartners physician and head of neurology at Regions Hospital. “Regions is equipped to treat the most complicated stoke cases and provide the specialized care that can lead to better outcomes. This certification is an external validation of the exceptional care we provide our patients.”
Regions Hospital was certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center in 2007. In 2012, HealthGrades placed Regions among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for the treatment of stroke.
Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center for adults and for children serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 140 years. A private, nonprofit, teaching hospital, Regions (www.regionshospital.com) provides outstanding care in women’s health, heart, cancer, surgery, orthopaedics, neuroscience, burn, emergency care, mental illnesses and more. Regions is part of the HealthPartners (www.healthpartners.com) family of health care companies that serves 1.5 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. Follow Regions Hospital at twitter.com/RegionsHospital and www.facebook.com/home.php?#/regionshospital.