ST. LOUIS - Missouri’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center is now also among the first hospitals certified by the state of Missouri as a Level One Stroke Center. Level I Stroke Centers function as resource centers within a region, maintaining specialized resources for the most complex patients.
Fast, accurate treatment for stroke victims is critical for preserving brain function and preventing death. As a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital stroke patients are treated faster than at most national emergency departments, and their recoveries are more successful. From stroke diagnosis and treatment to stroke rehabilitation and research, Barnes-Jewish Hospital & Washington University are at the forefront of stroke care—giving patients a better chance against this serious condition.
“Every second counts, especially when it comes to one of the most common forms of stroke, ischemic stroke,” says David Carpenter, MD, a Washington University vascular neurologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. “Starting treatment promptly can save a life or help minimize long-term brain injuries.”
Barnes-Jewish Hospital earned distinction as the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Missouri in 2013. The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association established the certification to recognize hospitals which achieve higher standards and meet specific criteria for resources, staff and training essential to treat the most complex stroke care and stroke rehabilitation.
To find out more about the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center in St. Louis, MO, call (855) 925-0631.
About Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 1,315 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The hospital has a 1,763 member medical staff, with many recognized as “Best Doctors in America.” Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 12 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois.