Johns Hopkins gets special recognition for its stroke center.

Johns Hopkins gets special recognition for its stroke center. (July 24, 2013)

 

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has become the first in Maryland to have its stroke center given special designation as a comprehensive stroke center by The Joint Commission accreditation agency. 

The designation recognizes Johns Hopkins as a hospital that provides highly specialized stroke care with the equipment, staff and training to treat patients with the most complex strokes.

The hospital is also the first in Maryland to earn the same designation from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, which oversees emergency services in the state.

The Joint Commission established the specialized stroke designation last year. There are now 47 certified comprehensive stroke centers in the United States.