BMH receives Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission


Bryn Mawr Hospital recently earned Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). This certification signifies the hospital meets rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy, a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.

“We are incredibly proud of our entire stroke team at Bryn Mawr Hospital, as this achievement reflects our hard work and commitment to providing high-quality care to our patients,” said Michelle J. Smith, MD, System Division Chief of Neurosurgery, Main Line Health. “This certification further validates that Bryn Mawr Hospital is at the forefront of lifesaving stroke care.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and more than 87 percent of cases are ischemic strokes caused by a clot that cuts off blood flow to part of the brain. These types of strokes are largely treatable if a patient gets to a hospital that can provide the right treatment in time.

Bryn Mawr Hospital was evaluated during an onsite review for compliance with the TSC requirements that were developed with input from experts on comprehensive stroke treatment and stroke program management. To be eligible for the certification, the hospital was required to meet strict guidelines that include the ability to perform24/7 subspecialized Neurosurgery, Neurology and Neurocritical Care. The hospital’s primary neurointerventionalists—physicians who routinely perform emergency mechanical thrombectomy—also must meet the highest standards of subspecialty training.

“The Joint Commission congratulates Bryn Mawr Hospital on this significant achievement, which makes the hospital a preferred location for transporting patients with suspected ischemic stroke,” said David Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission. “Multiple studies have proven endovascular thrombectomy treatment to be effective in saving lives and lowering disability from stroke.”

“With the recent advances in endovascular therapies for acute ischemic stroke, it’s important to recognize hospitals which can perform this critical intervention safely and effectively and we commend Bryn Mawr Hospital on this designation,” said Edward C. Jauch, MD, chair of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Hospital Accreditation Stroke Subcommittee. “The TSC certification helps prehospital providers better understand hospital stroke capabilities and assist in regional EMS triage of stroke patients so that the patient gets to the right hospital for the right treatment.”

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