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Neurosciences and Behavioral Health Center

About the Stroke Center

We are proud to be named a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level of certification available from The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Just 3 percent of hospitals nationwide have earned this certification from the Joint Commission. We are one of three Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Virginia.

Comprehensive Stroke Center certification means our team is ready 24/7 to deliver the most advanced care for stroke, stroke complications and meets rigorous standards for caring for the most complex stroke cases.

The Most Advanced Treatment for Stroke

Comprehensive stroke centers are the only stroke centers to offer:

  • Care for all types of strokes, including bleeding (hemorrhagic), like those caused by brain aneurysms
  • 24/7 access to advanced treatment options, including minimally invasive catheter procedures
  • 24/7 access to complex neurosurgical treatments, including brain aneurysm clipping, vascular malformation surgery and carotid endarterectomy
  • Neuroscience intensive care unit (ICU) staffed by care providers with specialized training in neurocritical care and featuring advanced technology for treating stroke
  • Accepts patients transferred from other stroke centers

In 2017 and 2018, UVA earned the Gold Plus Award for outstanding stroke care, a top award from the American Heart Association. We also received their highest award, the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, for providing tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting drug, to more than 50 percent of eligible stroke patients within 45 minutes of their arrival (and to more than 75 percent of eligible stroke patients within 60 minutes of their arrival).

UVA is a top stroke center because we offer: 

  • 24/7 on-site care to help ensure you receive care as quickly as possible
  • 12 specialized ICU beds for stroke patients
  • The latest advances in stroke interventions
  • New imaging technology that allows our neurosurgeons to perform intra-operative angiograms and MRIs for instant images during surgery 
  • Safety and services certified by the Joint Commission, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association
  • Over 25 active clinical trials for stroke research and treatment
According to the newest available data from the American Heart Association, our physicians provide clot-busting medications 7+ minutes faster than the national average*. We also collaborate with six regional EMS agencies on a rapid response, mobile telestroke consultation study. 

*Source: American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke Registry (AHA GWTG-S Registry)

Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award

We've been awarded the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus recognition by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Hospitals that receive the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 24 consecutive months.

Most hospitals that implement Get With The Guidelines see measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events. 

Stroke Care by the Numbers

According to data reported to the Joint Commission accreditation agency, the following numbers represent UVA's stroke quality metrics from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016.

Blood Clot Prevention

To help prevent blood clots:

  • 99 percent of patients received medications and/or interventions to help prevent blood clots often caused by lack of mobility (venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, or prevention of blood clots that form in a vein).
  • 98 percent of patients received medications that prevent blood clots (antithrombotic therapy) by the end of the second day in the hospital.
  • 96 percent of patients who arrived at the hospital within two hours of “last known well" — the time at which a patient was last known to be without the signs and symptoms of a stroke — received tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting drug, within three hours of last known well.

Education & Recovery

Stroke education: 95 percent of patients received education about stroke care, including information about their stroke, how to prevent a second stroke and to call 911 if they or their family and friends develop signs and symptoms of stroke.

Rehab after stroke: 99 percent of patients were assessed for rehabilitation services, essential to functional independence and quality of life after suffering a stroke. 

Medication Upon Discharge

Blood clot prevention when leaving the hospital: 99 percent of patients were discharged from the hospital with prescriptions for medications that prevent blood clots (antithrombotic therapy).         

Patients with irregular heartbeat: 100 percent of patients with irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation) were discharged on anticoagulation therapy, medication that prevents clots from forming in the atrial chambers of the heart. 

Patients with hyperlipidemia: 97 percent of patients were discharged on a statin medicine to lower lipid levels — high lipid levels increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Endovascular Procedures 

  • Over 400 diagnostic angiographies were completed with no associated complications.
  • 98 percent (59/60) of carotid endarterectomy patients had no perioperative complications.*

*Source: Vascular Quality Initiative Carotid Endartecotomy Registry 2016 data


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