Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center announces today it has been accredited by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, becoming the first medical center in Nevada to receive the certification. The achievement reflects the highest level of competence for the treatment of acute stroke events and assures the public of 24/7/365 stroke service at the largest hospital in Nevada.

On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds in the U.S. With over 950 primary stroke patients receiving care at Sunrise Hospital each year, Comprehensive Stroke Center certification demonstrates an “always-on” stroke competency. It means neuro-interventional care is ready at a moment’s notice - as is a team of neurology specialists. Further, in addition to being the most clinically advanced and technology-equipped to treat stroke, all of the treatment options, the needed staffing and access to patient-centered stroke research are standing ready.

During an onsite review last month, Joint Commission experts investigated Sunrise Hospital’s ability to comply with Comprehensive Stroke Center standards. In the region’s most complex clinical environment, Sunrise Hospital demonstrated for surveyors, consistent compliance with the rigorous requirements of the certification process to become the first and only Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in Nevada.

"By achieving this advanced certification, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Sunrise Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, said, “For patients and family members at risk for stroke, experiencing stroke or recovering from stroke, this is an important achievement that Nevada now has this high level of neurovascular service.” He added, “We are extremely grateful to all Care Team members who touch our stroke patients each day and to the neuroscience physicians and clinical teams who are bringing this advanced level of neurovascular service to our community.”

In addition to being home to the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in the state, in related news, Sunrise Hospital has also once again earned the “Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus: Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement award from the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association. The award recognizes that the stroke program at Sunrise Hospital meets national evidence-based standards and recommendations.

About Sunrise Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Program

At Nevada’s only Comprehensive Stroke Program, people from across the region who are in need of neurovascular treatment can receive life-preserving intervention in an environment expertly designed for stroke care. Many treatment and diagnostic procedures are available through this program; a few are highlighted below:

Diagnostic Cerebral Angiogram – A minimally invasive medical test that uses x-rays and iodine containing contrast to produce pictures of the blood vessel in the brain.

Brain Aneurysm Coiling Treatment- A minimally invasive procedure to block blood flow into an aneurysm (a weakened area in the wall of an artery) in the brain.

Stroke Intra-arterial Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy – A minimally invasive procedure where a clot in the brain is removed to restore blood flow to the brain.

Cerebral aneurysm clipping – A surgical procedure to block blood flow into an aneurysm (a weakened area in the wall of an artery) in the brain.

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. The Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital offers the most advanced cardiac care and features an Accredited Chest Pain Center. In addition to having the busiest Emergency Department in Nevada, Sunrise Hospital is also home to a County-designated STEMI receiving center.

Sunrise Hospital is now home to Nevada’s first and only Joint Commission Accredited Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center – providing care for stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions through its Nevada Neurosciences Institute.

In addition to maintaining American Heart Association Gold-Plus award for stroke treatment status, Sunrise Hospital also features 24/7 neuro-interventional radiology, a dedicated neurosciences ICU and on-site heliport for stroke transfer. Setting the standard for Rehabilitation Services, Sunrise Hospital is also home to the only inpatient rehabilitation facility in Southern Nevada accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF).

Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit Sunrise Hospital, follow on Twitter @SunriseLasVegas and Facebook.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at Joint Commission.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit American Heart Association or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.