Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth has been recertified as a comprehensive stroke center, denoting the highest level of competence in treating what physicians consider serious stroke events.
In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the most appropriate, reimbursable care.
According to a recent study, such facilities have been shown to improve clinical outcomes and mitigate disparities in ischemic strokes, those resulting from an obstructed blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke patients, those facing strokes caused by a rupture in a weakened blood vessel in the brain, are more likely to receive neurosurgical and endovascular treatments and be alive at 90 days than patients admitted to other hospitals.
“With stroke — or brain attack — care, you must have the best clinicians and resources, along with the ability to act with extreme efficiency because of the time-critical nature of stroke treatment,” said Clay Franklin, Plaza Medical Center CEO, commenting in a news release.
Plaza Medical Center first earned the designation in 2013, making it the first such North Texas facility with that certification.
Plaza Medical Center is Tarrant County’s only certified stroke center and the sole Fort Worth hospital part of the Texas Stroke Institute stroke care network.
More information is available at www.PlazaMedicalCenter.com.