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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 10 Primary Stroke Centers in Santa Clara County, the largest number of any county in the United States. They are:
- El Camino Hospital – Los Gatos
- El Camino Hospital – Mountain View
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- Kaiser Permanente – San Jose
- O’Connor Hospital
- Kaiser Permanente – Santa Clara
- Regional Medical Center
- Saint Louise Hospital – Gilroy
- Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
- Stanford Hospital & Clinics
There are 3 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: