Level I Stroke

November 3rd, 2016

JPS is now a Comprehensive Level I Stroke Center, certified and designated by the State of Texas to provide the highest quality of care available for stroke patients, praised as the “best prepared” new Level I program surveyors have ever inspected.

Surveyors praised stroke-specific processes and protocols, as well as the network’s culture. It was obvious, they said, that JPS team members “hyper-love what they do.” In every unit they inspected, “the excitement and pride were palpable.”

Stroke staffJPS was surveyed over two days in August by a team from DNV, an independent accrediting organization that certifies hospitals according to their capabilities. Surveyors reviewed patient outcomes and procedures, and inspected all areas of the hospital involved in caring for stroke patients, including the Emergency Department, Radiology, Invasive Labs, Physical Therapy and nursing units.

Once accredited as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, JPS was designated Level I by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which oversees the state’s trauma systems network designed to ensure that patients are transported to the hospital best equipped to care for them.

As in trauma, time is key for stroke patients. In ischemic strokes — those caused by a blood clot in the brain — the clot-busting drug tPA can prevent or limit permanent brain injury, but it must be given intravenously within the first 4.5 hours after symptoms first appear. tPA is the only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic strokes.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

The Stroke Program at JPS is led by nurses Allene Brown and Lauri Speirs, with physician champions Dr. Charles Huggins, Dr. Saud Khan and Dr. George Cravens.

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