Bon Secours DePaul Earns Prestigious Designation as Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Certified Stroke Center designationBon Secours Hampton Roads Health System announced that Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, located in Norfolk, Va., has received certification from DNV GL Healthcare as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a prestigious designation that reflects the highest level of competence for treatment of patients who have experienced a serious stroke.

“With stroke care, you must have not only the best clinicians and resources, but also the ability to act quickly and organizationally with exceptional efficiency because of the time-critical nature and complexity of a stroke,” says John R. Baker, M.D., medical director of the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Neurovascular Center and the Neuroscience ICU. “This certification from DNV GL validates all the efforts we have put into our stroke care program in order to ensure the health and safety of our patients.”

The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. Also, the certification affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate health 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.”

All Bon Secours Virginia hospitals are certified stroke centers with six primary stroke centers, a stroke-ready free standing emergency department and two comprehensive stroke centers. Bon Secours Virginia is the only health system on the east coast with two comprehensive stroke centers,    exemplifying Bon Secours’ commitment to providing the highest level of stroke care for the communities that the health system serves.  

In a growing number of states, including Virginia, stroke center certification determines the facility to which a patient should be taken for the most appropriate care when a stroke occurs. 

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