Cedars-Sinai is one of the first five medical centers in the nation and the first in Los Angeles County to achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
This new designation - the highest possible - identifies hospitals that have the equipment, infrastructure, staff and training programs needed to diagnose and treat the most challenging stroke cases, both non-bleeding (ischemic) and bleeding (hemorrhagic). Recognized centers offer the latest imaging systems, state-of-the-art drug therapy and advanced interventional devices. They also lead their communities in research, teaching and community education.
Patrick D. Lyden, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology, director of the Stroke Program and the Carmen and Louis Warschaw Chair in Neurology, said Comprehensive Stroke Center status reconfirms Cedars-Sinai's leadership role in a professional network benefitting residents throughout Los Angeles County.
In 2009, when the county launched its Emergency Stroke System, Emergency Medical Services Agency ambulances began transporting suspected stroke patients directly to Approved Stroke Centers rather than closest hospitals. But not all approved centers offer the highest level of services. Cedars-Sinai and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center have been identified as the top tier of stroke intervention facilities in the region, providing state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled specialists, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
"Each of us in this countywide network is committed to quickly getting patients to the facilities and programs they need, and we are continuing to develop ways to integrate stroke care so that patients are rapidly transported to the most appropriate facility, be it the closest Primary Stroke Center or one of the two centers providing comprehensive care," Lyden said. "Becoming a Comprehensive Stroke Center is another major step in Cedars-Sinai's progression as a national leader in stroke care. It is the result of years of hard work and diligence on the part of our stroke care team and the many other professionals throughout the hospital whose expertise touches the lives of these patients."