Grady Recertified As Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center

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Grady Hospital’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center has again earned certification as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent accrediting agency for health care organizations across the country. 

Recertification of the comprehensive stroke center designation solidifies Grady’s position as a national leader, providing cutting-edge stroke care.  The Joint Commission designation can only be earned by a multidisciplinary team that demonstrates unique skills necessary to care for the most severe and challenging types of stroke.

“The extraordinary medical team and facilities at the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center have raised the bar for stroke care in metro Atlanta and across the region,” said Dr. Michael Frankel, Grady’s Chief of Neurology and Director of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center and Professor and Director of Vascular Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers recognizes an elite group of stroke centers that provide state-of-the-art stroke care and allocate significant resources in staff, training and infrastructure towards treatment of complex stroke. To become certified, The Joint Commission requires that organizations meet several rigorous standards related to research, diagnosis, imaging, surgical procedures, in-patient care and post-hospital patient care. 

About Grady Health System
Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children’s affiliate.

With its nationally acclaimed emergency medical services, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the Metro Atlanta region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady’s American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Other key services include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia’s first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Breast Health Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center – one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.