“We are excited for this recognition,” said Richard Bernstein, MD, director of the Northwestern Medicine Stroke Program and Telestroke. “It reflects the multidisciplinary team we have at Northwestern, working together to provide the best care for patients with stroke.
The certification signifies that Northwestern has the ability to provide the most advanced therapies for stroke of all types and all complexities. It also allows Northwestern Medicine physicians to be able to partner with hospitals around the Chicagoland area through a telestroke program by providing consultation on CT scans and vital signs remotely using telemedicine technology.
As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the hospital meets Primary Stroke Center standards and demonstrates additional capabilities including:
- State-of-the-art infrastructure
- Staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients
- 24/7 availability of specialized treatments
- Dedicated neuro-intensive care beds for complex stroke patients
- Advanced imaging offerings
- Meeting the demands of a high volume of patients
- Receiving complex patient transfers from Primary Stroke Centers
- Participation in research
“Comprehensive Stroke Center certification validates the team’s efforts to not only care for patients who have had a stroke, but also improves their quality of life,” says Deborah L. Bergman, advanced practice nurse and stroke program manager at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Patients here are getting the highest quality and best evidence-based care possible.”
For more information about stroke, or to gain a deeper understanding of stroke risk factors, visit the Northwestern Medicine Stroke Program website. To find a physician, please call 312-926-0779.