Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital’s Stroke Center earns more national recognition

Harris Health System‘s Ben Taub Hospital earned another honor for its stroke program with the distinction of Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification awarded by DNV Healthcare, Inc. Earlier this year, the hospital earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for its commitment and success in providing excellence in stroke care.

The recognitions place Harris Health Ben Taub among an elite group of hospitals in southeast Texas capable of offering specialized care to the most complex stroke patients.

“Our stroke team’s tireless commitment to optimal care of patients with acute stroke is exemplary and continues to exceed national benchmarks,” says Celeste McLaughlin, facilitator, Stroke Program, Harris Health Ben Taub.

Stroke center certifications are an increasingly important way to demonstrate a stroke center’s expertise and leadership. In Texas, the level of certification determines where trauma and EMS services will transport patients for the most appropriate stroke care.

“Our stroke program is successful because of the hard work and dedication from the stroke team members,” says Naylon Bird, manager, Stroke Program, Harris Health Ben Taub. “Our multi-disciplinary team strives to go above and beyond to improve processes and assure that our patients receive the highest standard of stroke care.”

The DNV Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is for three years and encompasses the full spectrum of stroke care—diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education—and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. 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.

To receive the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Harris Health Ben Taub achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all program indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with at least five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality measures.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates Harris Health Ben Taub’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” says Dr. Joseph Kass, chief of Neurology and medical director of Stroke Service, Harris Health Ben Taub, and associate professor, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine. “We will continue to focus on providing care to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”