Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center said it has been named a comprehensive stroke center, becoming the first hospital in the Charlotte area to earn the designation.
The not-for-profit Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, created the certification in 2012 to recognize hospitals with abilities to treat the most complex stroke cases. Previously, the Elizabeth neighborhood hospital held certification as a primary stroke center.
“Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” Dr. Mark Chassin, CEO of The Joint Commission, said this week.
Certification involves a voluntary process. Novant said the commission evaluated the Elizabeth hospital through an on-site review in April.
Presbyterian Medical Center becomes Novant’s second hospital to hold the comprehensive designation. Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem was awarded the title in 2012 and received recertification in May.
Novant said North Carolina has one of the highest stroke death rates in the nation. The new certification means Presbyterian Medical Center has the expertise and capabilities to also treat the most complex brain bleed cases, including aneurysms.
Novant facilities holding primary stroke center certification are Huntersville Medical Center, Matthews Medical Center, Rowan Medical Center and Thomasville Medical Center.
Novant competitor Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System said it is currently seeking comprehensive stroke center designation for Carolinas Medical Center in Dilworth. The system said the Dilworth hospital and others already hold primary stroke center designation: CHS NorthEast in Concord, CHS Union, CHS Stanly, CHS Cleveland and CHS Pineville.