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Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center receives Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

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Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center both have received certification from DNV GL Healthcare as Comprehensive Stroke Centers (CSC). CSC status is the highest level of care of all stroke certifications.   

Memorial Hermann Memorial City is the first hospital in West Houston to receive this designation.

“The stroke teams at Memorial Hermann Memorial City and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands provide outstanding care to stroke patients and worked together to help each other achieve this designation for both hospitals,” said Dr. Sean Savitz, Stroke Medical Director for Memorial Hermann Health System and Professor and the Frank M. Yatsu, M.D., Chair in Neurology at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “It is a great privilege for me to work with such amazing colleagues at both hospitals in achieving CSC status.”

With this announcement, three hospitals in the Memorial Hermann Health System have now received CSC certification, the highest number of CSC-designated hospitals in the same health system in Houston. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is also a CSC. This certification recognizes a hospital’s ability to have state-of-the-art infrastructure, the most advanced services, specialists in stroke and cerebrovascular disease, and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. All of the hospitals provide rapid and timely care for patients and are dedicated to the best outcomes in the Greater Houston community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, adult disability in the United States. The National Stroke Association estimates nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year.

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” said Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare. “And it helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”

The DNV GL Healthcare CSC Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the hospital addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

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Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center receives Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification
PHOTO: Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center receives Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

On Thursday, September 3, Memorial Hermann held a virtual press conference to share the news on the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.

Patrick Horine, President and Chief Executive Officer of DNV GL Healthcare, shared how the certification is achieved after a rigorous process and reviewing the quality system, delivery performance, triage, EMS, care planning, management of patients, stroke team and more. “The talent around this table is really exceptional. Your work is really extraordinary. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, this is really quite unique. Testing and care is not only imperative to the patients but also serves as a resource to hospitals throughout the state.”

Justin Kendric, CEO, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, shared, “Our goal is to improve the health of our community for generations to come and to build a program that is deep, broad and quality driven as we can. As a member of this community, leader, and father, I couldn’t be more proud of our team and what we have achieved today. On behalf of the entire team, I thank you for this accreditation.”

“We see people younger and younger facing strokes. It’s exciting that we [Memorial Hermann] can take care of every aspect of a stroke,” shared Linda Nelson, Director of Business Development at Memorial Hermann.

Dr. Yazan Alderazi, Neuro ICUClinical Director and Endovascular Stroke Services Clinical Director at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center team members shared how the process has been a long journey in achieving the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. Because of the hard work, dedication to provide top quality patient care, and talented doctors, nurses and staff.


The Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. MNI underwent a rigorous onsite review during which Joint Commission experts reviewed the Institute’s compliance with the stringent Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements, including advanced imaging capabilities, around-the-clock availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

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Source: Jade Waddy, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center