WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital awarded state’s only Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

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Posted on 1/4/2018MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine today announced that the WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

“Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in West Virginia. It is our mission to provide the most advanced and timely stroke care to the residents of our state,” Muhammad “Mud” Alvi, M.D., medical director of the WVU Stroke Center, said. “Getting Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center certification is a great achievement and speaks to the dedication of countless people in multiple departments who work tirelessly to provide exceptional care to our stroke patients.”

With this certification, the WVU Stroke Center joins an elite group of healthcare organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. The WVU Stroke Center was first designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission in 2006. It is the first Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in the state.  

The WVU Stroke Center underwent a rigorous onsite review, during which Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

“The certification highlights years of dedicated serviced across many specialties. While we have provided comprehensive stroke care for a long time, this recognition puts us in a small, select group of hospitals at the top of multidisciplinary stroke care,” Ansaar Rai, M.D., neurointerventional radiologist, said. “There is always room for improvement, and this does …

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