The Joint Commission identified the first and only designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in Arizona–Banner University Medical Center Phoenix (BUMCP) now holds two stroke certifications from the commission.
In 2003, a partnership originated between The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association (AHA) and together they launched the Primary Stroke Center (PSC) Certification program, which has since expanded to include the Advances Comprehensive Stroke Center certification (CSC) launched in 2012.
The CSC is the highest possible level of stroke care a hospital can achieve. It provides all the services a PSC would in addition to advance imaging, 24/7 access to neurosurgical services, and increased education for staff. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit The Joint Commission’s site.
To date, I74 hospitals across the country have received CSC certification, BUMCP is among them. Several other Arizona acute-care hospitals have achieved Advanced Primary Stroke Center certifications such as St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s in Tucson.
It can also be costly for a hospital to achieve CSC recognition, according to Advisory Board, expenditures can amount to millions with the addition of a biplane angiography suite and recruitment of highly specialized neurological physicians. Not to mention the two-year certification fee at the low price of $55,000.
Strokes are no matter to take lightly, however; in the U.S. it is the third leading cause of death and annually in the U.S. alone 140,000 people die of a stroke. The Arizona Stroke Collaborative is pushing to drive those numbers down by working to create a statewide stroke system of care. The project encourages stroke center designations such as CSC and PSC certifications. To read more about their initiative, check out their site.
Check out AZBigMedia’s piece on BUMCP’s new certification.