NewYork-Presbyterian, the #1 Hospital in New York, Awarded Advanced Certification as Comprehensive Stroke Center by Joint Commission

New level of certification recognizes NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine for providing the top level stroke care, meeting Joint Commission requirements

Jun 23, 2016

New York

NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell and Columbia University buildings
The Joint Commision National Quality Approval

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC), the highest level of stroke certification a hospital can receive. They join the elite group of certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers throughout the United States.

“Achieving advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center is incredibly important for us. We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this distinction,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “This award recognizes the extraordinary advances, research and standard of care that NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center provide every day for New Yorkers.”

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® is awarded to institutions that provide the most advanced stroke care to patients with exceptional, around-the-clock treatment. According to The Joint Commission, a CSC must meet all the general eligibility requirements for Disease-Specific Care and Primary Stroke Center certification. In addition, CSCs are required to:

  • Have dedicated neuro-intensive care unit (ICU) beds for complex stroke patients and provide neuro-critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Have advanced imaging capabilities
  • Maintain 24/7 availability of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurointerventionalists and neuroradiologists
  • Meet minimum volume requirements for:  treating patients with a diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage, performing endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures for aneurysms, and administering IV tPA
  • Coordinate post-hospital care for patients
  • Use a peer review process to evaluate and monitor the care provided to patients with ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke
  • Participate in stroke research

“At NewYork-Presbyterian, we treat nearly 2,000 stroke patients each year – one of the highest volumes in the world and the highest in Manhattan,” said Dr. Corwin. “Our specially trained neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-critical care specialists and nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia and Weill Cornell all deliver and maintain the most remarkable stroke care, with the best rates of survival and recovery.”

The Joint Commission places industry-recognized standards on the clinical practice guidelines and requirements needed for accreditation. These requirements were developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). To receive advanced certification, NewYork-Presbyterian underwent a rigorous screening process in April 2016 and received official certification on June 3.

“Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in this country,” said Dr. Corwin. “It is our responsibility as a leading Comprehensive Stroke Center to treat strokes accurately and effectively in order to save lives and combat the full range of neurological disorders.”

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center, visit


NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive healthcare delivery networks, focused on providing innovative and compassionate care to patients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical school partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research and clinical innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital’s ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia and Weill Cornell.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 29,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care to more than 2 million patients.

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Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, preclinical, and clinical research; medical and health sciences education; and patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest faculty medical practices in the Northeast. For more information, visit or

Weill Cornell Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. The doctors and scientists of Weill Cornell Medicine—faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and Weill Cornell Physician Organization—are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Weill Cornell Medicine faculty provide comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. Weill Cornell Medicine is also affiliated with Houston Methodist. For more information, visit

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