The Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke Program has held the Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification as a Primary Stroke Center since 2008. This certification is a guarantee to our patients that they will receive a consistently high level of quality, based on effective data-driven performance improvement that reduces the risk of error and improves stroke outcomes.
Our Stroke Program has also received the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Gold Award, one of the highest recognitions a hospital can achieve for quality improvement programs that show measurable results in stroke outcomes.
In addition, the State of Texas has designated Trinity Mother Frances Healthcare System as a Primary Stroke Center in the East Texas region. Hospitals that receive the designation work in partnership with local emergency medical services to ensure timely care for stroke patients, reduce the burden of stroke and improve survival outcomes.
These designations ensure that our patients receive top-quality stroke care from board-certified, fellowship-trained neurologists who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and related cerebrovascular disorders. The difference in the quality of care we provide shows in the lives of our former patients and their families.
The term cerebrovascular disease includes all disorders in which an area of the brain is temporarily or permanently affected by ischemia (lack of sufficient blood flow) or bleeding, and one or more of the cerebral blood vessels is involved in the disease process. Restrictions in blood flow may occur from vessel narrowing (stenosis), clot formation (thrombosis), blockage (embolism) or blood vessel rupture (hemorrhage). Ischemia affects brain tissue and may cause a stroke.
Cerebrovascular disease includes the following conditions: