Stroke Quality Metrics

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Stroke Quality Metrics

Our stroke volume and outcomes data is publicly reported according to Comprehensive Stroke Center requirements.

Stroke Volumes

Grady has one of the highest stroke and treatment volumes in the country, treating over 2200 patients in 2018 with the volume continuing to increase.


Marcus Stroke Center 2020 Volume

Stroke Treatment Rates

In 2020, Grady Hospital administered the clot-busting drug Activase in 23.7% of stroke cases – more than one and a half the national average. Our team also performed endovascular treatment (clot retrieval) in 27% of stroke cases – over four times the national average. Stroke patients are more than two times more likely to receive lifesaving intervention at Grady compared to other hospitals in the United States.


2020 Stroke Treatment Rates

Ischemic Stroke Treatment Volumes

This shows the number of patients who received the clot-busting drug Activase IV and/or had endovascular clot retrieval at Grady Hospital or Activase IV at an outside hospital before being transferred to Grady for a higher level of care.

  2020 Ischemic Stroke Treatment Volumes Graph


Ischemic Stroke Reperfusion

Reperfusion means restoring circulation to a part of the brain that was blocked by a blood clot in the artery. Grady stroke experts opened blocked arteries using endovascular thrombectomy 98.6% of the time! That is more than 10% above both average regional or national rates.

2020 Ischemic Stroke Reperfusion

Nonsurgical Complication Rates

Grady not only treats more strokes, but our patients experience fewer complications — less than half as often as the regional or national averages.


2020 Nonsurgical Complication Rates

Source: American Heart Association /American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines data, January 2017-December 2020

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Nationally Recognized Care

GWTG Gold Plus Stroke Award In 2011, The Joint Commission designated Grady Health System’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest designation available.

In 2020, Grady Hospital achieved the highest recognition for quality and speed, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Get With The Guidelines® ‒ Stroke Gold Plus, Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. This award recognizes facilities that maintain an 85% or higher performance rate for quality indicators (measures used to gage stroke care performance) for two or more years, and achieve arrival to Activase administration times of ≤ 60 minutes in 75% and within 45 minutes in 50% of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients.

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