Grady Stroke Center Earns Advanced Comprehensive Designation

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2013


Contact: Denise Simpson




ATLANTA, GA – Grady Hospital’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center has been designated an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent accrediting agency for health care organizations across the country. 

Grady joins an exclusive group of just 40 national providers to earn this designation and the first safety-net public hospital to achieve the comprehensive level.

Comprehensive designation solidified Grady’s position as a national leader that provides leading 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.

“I am extremely proud of the work that we do here to provide high-quality stroke care for our patients,” said Dr. Michael Frankel, Chief of Neurology and Director of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, and Professor of Neurology at Emory University. “The extraordinary skills and facilities at the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, including internationally renowned physicians, raises the bar for stroke care in metro Atlanta and across the region.”

Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers recognizes 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. 

“Being acknowledged by The Joint Commission as a leader in stroke care is both an honor and a reaffirmation of the hospital’s ongoing mission to provide top-quality healthcare,” said John Haupert, President and CEO, Grady Health System. “This prestigious distinction is a significant recognition of the expertise and skills that have been developed here at Grady.” 

Grady’s stroke center underwent its on-site certification in April 2013. 

The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center has developed relationships with over 60 hospital providers across Georgia to transport their patients to Grady.  In conjunction with several air ambulance and EMS ground partners, Grady is able to provide life-saving services to those critical stroke patients who live across the state and the region.  Due to these partnerships and the skills at the Grady Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center has been able to treat nearly 1,000 stroke patients a year.

Comprehensive Joint Commission Stroke Center designation is a voluntary process.  

About Grady Health System

Grady Health System is one of the largest public 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 Department and Burn Center, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. The state’s only Poison Center is housed at Grady as well.

The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center , Grady Diabetes Center, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Avon Breast Health Center are also notable components of the health system. Additionally, Grady’s Ponce de Leon Center was named one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.

Other key services include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center and its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Primary Care Center, dedicated 60 Plus services for older adults, Teen Services, and the Rape Crisis Center. 

Nationally ranked in one specialty, in 2011 Grady was named one of Atlanta’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine named Grady one of the country’s Most Wired health systems.