International Stroke Center Certification

Worldwide, stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability

When someone suffers a stroke, time is critical. Hospitals and healthcare providers need to be prepared to coordinate care quickly and efficiently. The AHA developed Stroke Center Certification to help hospitals create an integrated and collaborative approach to stroke care. Certification ensures continuous and effective quality improvement in stroke care, improving outcomes and survival from stroke in your community, reducing errors and helping your hospital stand out.

What you can expect as a primary of comprehensive stroke certified hospital:

  • Integrated care for stroke patients
  • Improved patient health through awareness and prevention education
  • Improved efficiency, better patient outcomes and lower costs
  • More consistent care and treatment
  • Alliance with other leading organizations in stroke care
  • Ongoing support from the American Stroke Association

An impact as high as the achievement

A Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Certified hospital can expect

  • Integration of stroke care delivery across service lines
  • Improvement in your population’s health with awareness and prevention efforts
  • Alignment with best practices to improve efficiency, improving clinical and financial outcomes
  • Better outcomes for stroke patients using a systemized, evidence-based approach
  • Identification of gaps to reduce variations in care
  • Alignment with industry leaders in stroke care
  • Ongoing support from ASA and MENASO, brands consumers recognize and trust

The AHA and MENASO collaboration

Here’s how we are working with the Middle East North Africa Stroke Organization (MENASO) to improve stroke systems of care in the region.

American Stroke Association

How We Support The Certification Process

We're with you every step of the way, providing:

  • Tools and resources
  • Educational opportunities
  • Individualized assistance from program representatives

Middle East North Africa Stroke Organization (MENASO)

The American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) and the Middle East North Africa Stroke Organization (MENASO) address stroke systems of care in the region.

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Once you enroll in the Certification Process, we’re with you every step of the way:

Leadership, learning and networking opportunities

Achieving certification is an important accomplishment.

Hospitals that succeed join an elite community of committed healthcare centers driving the national and international conversation about stroke care. From access to educational webinars, invitations to share expertise, the exchange of best practice and the free flow of ideas and feedback, participating hospitals and professionals can expect valuable opportunities to stand apart as leaders.

Integrating data and care

The goal of Stroke Center Certification is to help you improve the health of your community by integrating and elevating stroke management across prevention, acute and post-discharge care in hospitals.

Data is at the core of a strong learning health system

Whether you use the ASA Get With The Guidelines ® Stroke registry or another national or international registry, as part of this program, data and personnel will be utilized more economically and where they can have the most impact. The resulting information allows your hospital to benchmark against other stroke centers of excellence in the United States and the region. It also offers research and publishing professional development opportunities, position your hospital as a leader and earning trust from patients.

Professional Tools And Education

Following evidence-based guidelines improves outcomes. These tools and resources make it easier to provide consistent quality care.

Watch Part I: 2020 Webinar Series - Update in Stroke Management 2020

July 2020 - American Stroke Association Presented With MENA Stroke

Patient Education

Stroke Warning Signs

When patients can recognize the warning signs of a stroke it can make the difference between a strong recovery and disability or even death.

Stroke Prevention

Whole body wellness can help you feel stronger, healthier and mentally sharp– and it can also reduce your stroke risk.

Stroke Recovery

There is life – and hope – after stroke. With time, new routines will become second nature. Rehabilitation can build your strength, capability and confidence.

Community Network

Our Online Community for Certified Hospitals

Here you can find support, resources, and the ability to ask questions and receive answers from other experts in the field.

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Questions? For more information regarding Stroke Center Certification, please contact us at middle.east@heart.org