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Parkland Re-designated As A Level I Comprehensive Stroke Facility

Parkland Memorial Hospital today announced that it has earned a Certificate of re-Designation as a Level I Comprehensive Stroke Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The state designation is valid for a two-year period.

As a state-designated stroke facility, Parkland is one of the few local hospitals providing continuous 24-hour advanced stroke care for both hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. The state of Texas determines eligibility for designation as a primary stroke center based on whether the facility is in good standing with The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies U.S. healthcare organizations and programs. The state requires its primary stroke centers to maintain Joint Commission stroke center certification, which Parkland first obtained in 2008.

“Your hospital is commended for its commitment to quality care and the commitment to achieve and maintain a comprehensive (Level I) designation,” said Timothy Stevenson, DVM, PhD, Associate Commissioner, Consumer Protection Division, Texas Department of State Health Services. “Congratulations to you and your staff for the vital role the hospital provides to your community.”

“Parkland is proud to be re-designated a Level I Comprehensive Stroke Facility,” said Michelle Steiner, RN, SCRN, Parkland’s Clinical Manager of Neurosciences. “The designation provides us with the framework to further enhance a culture of excellence.”

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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