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The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification Program, launched in December 2003, was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). There are more than 1,000 certified primary stroke centers in 49 states plus Puerto Rico. Certification is available only to programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. These hospitals have special stroke teams that better assist patient treatments.

There are currently 7 Primary Stroke Centers in Santa Clara County, the largest number of any county in the United States. They are:

There are 2 hospitals that go above and beyond in stroke treatment. They have been awarded the title of Certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers. These hospitals have dedicated neuro-intensive care units for complex stroke patients, use the most advanced and specialized neurointerventional tools and imaging and participate in the ongoing research for stroke. These hospitals are:


There is 1 hospital that provides endovascular procedures and post-procedural care. Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) Certification means they meet rigorous standards for performing endovascular thrombectomy and providing post-procedural care. Recent studies have shown the efficacy of mechanical thrombectomy for large vessel occlusive ischemic strokes.