Saint Francis Healthcare recently earned the Advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).
“Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients experiencing a potentially life-altering stroke,” said Dr. Audrey Gregory, market chief executive officer, Saint Francis Healthcare. “We are excited to receive this recognition honoring our team for the work they do to serve the healthcare needs of the Mid-South community.”
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 87 percent of cases are ischemic strokes caused by a clot that cuts off blood flow to a part of the brain. These types of strokes are largely treatable if a patient gets to a hospital that can provide the right treatment in time. This certification signifies the hospital meets rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.
To be eligible for the certification, a hospital is required to meet strict guidelines that include performing EVT on a minimum of 15 patients in the past year or 30 patients in the past two years, and the capability to perform EVT around the clock, seven days a week. The hospital’s primary neuro-interventionalists – the physicians who routinely perform emergency mechanical thrombectomy – also must meet the highest standards of subspecialty training.