McLaren St. Luke's Receives Primary Plus Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL Heathcare

McLaren St. Luke’s has received certification from DNV GL Healthcare as a Primary Plus Stroke Center, affirming the hospital’s readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related medical problems. The Primary Plus Stroke Center certification program is designed to evaluate the coordination of stroke care and guide clinical outcomes.

Types of patients who might seek care from a Primary Plus Stroke Center include patients with ischemic strokes, large vessel occlusions, hemorrhagic strokes or strokes from unusual causes that may require specialized testing. Hospitals certified as a Primary Plus Stroke Center are equipped to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency care to individuals with acute stoke symptoms and admit patients to a dedicated stroke unit or designated beds.

It also certifies that participating hospitals have the personnel, infrastructure and expertise to diagnose, treat and support stroke patients who require intensive medical and surgical care, specialized tests and interventional therapies, such as thrombectomies. Thrombectomies are performed by neuro interventionalists to remove a blood clot in the brain to help save brain tissue and lessen disability. Additionally, this certification allows other area hospitals to transfer patients to McLaren St. Luke’s for a higher level of stroke care.

McLaren St. Luke’s underwent a rigorous review by DNV GL Healthcare experts to validate compliance, such as collecting stroke treatment data and using it to improve the coordination of stroke care. McLaren St. Luke’s is one of only 13 hospitals across the U.S. to earn this status from DNV GL Healthcare.

“Our staff is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with exceptional stroke care based on evidence-based research to ensure continuous improvement, and this elite certification illustrates just that,” says Jennifer Montgomery, president and CEO, McLaren St. Luke’s. “It is a combination of having the right equipment, personnel and training to quickly assess and treat strokes.”

The DNV GL Healthcare Primary Plus Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare. “And it helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. Because stroke or “brain attack” effects blood flow to the brain, rapid and effective treatment can save lives and provide the best chance of limiting the extent of long-term damage.

About McLaren St. Luke’s

McLaren St. Luke's is a 300-bed non-profit hospital in Ohio serving Maumee, Perrysburg and the surrounding communities in an accessible and comfortable suburban setting. Established in 1906, McLaren St. Luke’s provides a wide range of traditional and critical care services, including women’s health, cardiovascular, spine and neurological, robotic surgery, orthopedic, and emergency services with a dedicated Primary Plus Stroke Center. McLaren St. Luke’s has a Family Medicine Residency program that gives future family doctors a foundation of excellence based on leading edge treatments and time-tested principles.

For more information about McLaren St. Luke’s, go to mclaren.org/stlukes.

About DNV GL Healthcare

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services.

Within healthcare, DNV GL helps its customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, disease-specific certifications and quality-management training.

The DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping its customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

For more information about DNV GL - Healthcare, visit www.dnvglcert.com/healthcare.