Greater Tulsa Reporter
Hillcrest Medical Center recently received certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare, a national health care accreditation organization that certifies hospitals’ quality and patient safety protocols. The certification reflects the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events. Hillcrest Medical Center is one of two hospitals in northeast Oklahoma with Comprehensive Stroke certification.
Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. Oklahoma Stroke & Neurological Institute at Hillcrest Medical Center offers a fully equipped emergency department, a dedicated neuro-intensive care unit and an 18-bed stroke unit with a specially trained, rapid response team ready to provide expert care for anyone who may be having a stroke. Additionally, Kaiser Rehabilitation at Hillcrest Medical Center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services on the Hillcrest campus.
“Hillcrest Medical Center’s certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center means that the same level of stroke care provided at the nation’s leading hospitals is available right here in Tulsa,” says Andre Fredieu, M.D., medical director of Oklahoma Stroke & Neurological Institute at Hillcrest Medical Center. “This is a validation of our commitment to excellence in treating patients that experience a stroke.”
When asked what patients should understand about stroke care, Fredieu said, “When it comes to a stroke, time is brain health. You must act fast in order to reverse the symptoms and after effects of stroke. It is also critical to seek stroke care at a hospital with a proven track record of excellence.”
The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive 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.”