June 2, 2014

Certification of the Comprehensive Stroke Program

Our multidisciplinary team effort led by Dr. Eric Adelman in Neurology, Dr. Will Meurer in Emergency Medicine, and Dr. Aditya S. Pandey in Neurosurgery has led to certification of our cerebrovascular program as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.  We are proud to be one of three institutions in the nation to have undergone this evaluation by The Joint Commission without a single citation.  TJC defines a certified program as one that has:

"...established [a] formal program to treat stroke patients effectively and consistently with the goal of improving care and outcomes."


"The goal of establishing this new level of certification is to recognize the significant differences in resources, staff and training that are necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases."

Also, you can read more about the treatment of stroke at University of Michigan in Dr. Pandey's recent post - "Stroke Treatment Options. Time is Critical: Get Help Quickly" - an excerpt of which is below:

"To reduce time from the CAT scan to the blood clot removal, U-M’s stroke program utilizes a unique, state-of-the-art treatment room where doctors can perform a variety of critical procedures — all in one space. For example, a CAT scan and the mechanical thrombectomy can be performed in this unique room, without having to move the patient to another area of the hospital, thus saving precious time.

The University of Michigan stroke program is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and participates in the American Stroke Association “Get With The Guidelines” quality initiative. The stroke program has also been designated as an American Heart Association Gold Plus stroke hospital, which is the highest stroke quality designation."

 Congratulations to Dr. Pandey and the stroke team on this important, lasting, work!

Aditya S. Pandey, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery