Primary Stroke Center Certification

NEW! 2015 International Stroke Conference Presentation on Primary Stroke Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.

Primary Stroke Center Certification
recognizes hospitals that meet standards to support better outcomes for stroke care. Eligibility standards include:
  • a dedicated stroke-focused program
  • staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
  • individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs
  • patient involvement in their hospital care
  • coordination of post-discharge patient self-care based on recommendations of the Brain Attack Coalition and guidelines published by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association or equivalent guidelines
  • streamlined flow of patient information while protecting patient rights, security and privacy
  • collection of the hospital’s stroke-treatment performance data
  • hospital team performance data
  • use of data to assess and continually improve quality of care for stroke patients
This certification is provided through a partnership between the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission, the nation's largest independent healthcare evaluation body. 

Tools and Resources
Hospital teams that commit to earning Primary Stroke Center certification are supported by tools, resources and access to program representatives who can answer questions along the way.
Promotion and Branding
To download logos and branding guidelines, please visit your Joint Commission extranet site.  If you are unable to locate your Joint Commission extranet site, contact

Certification is an achievement worth sharing. Hospitals are encouraged to celebrate their certification and display the TJC Gold Seal and AHA Heart-Check mark symbol proudly. In addition, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides recognition to certified hospitals on our quality map.

Hospital teams that have achieved certification know the process and the pride that comes with it. Here's what a few of them have to say about their experience:
  • Improves the quality of care provided to patients
  • Demonstrates commitment to a higher standard of service
  • Provides a framework for organizational structure and management
  • Provides a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Enhances staff recruitment and development
  • Is recognized by insurers and other third parties
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