UAE —The American Stroke Association (ASA), a division of the American Heart Association, has designated Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of the M42 network, as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification is a label bestowed by various healthcare accreditation agencies upon institutions that meet specific criteria for providing advanced stroke care.

 This certification confirms that the hospital possesses the required capabilities, resources, and expertise to provide comprehensive care to stroke patients, particularly those with challenging or severe cases.

This coveted certification comes after the Neurological Institute was designated as a Center of Excellence (CoE) for stroke care by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi in 2023.

This demonstrates its dedication to strict standards that promote access to comprehensive stroke care and provide the best possible outcomes for patients.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is one of the highest levels of certification for hospitals capable of care for complex stroke patients, recognizing Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s robust Neurovascular Medicine Program and Stroke Center.

This reflects the hospital’s ongoing efforts to meet quality standards and requirements, such as advanced imaging and treatment capabilities, 24-hour availability of specialized treatments, participation in research, and providing physicians with unique professional training and education opportunities to improve stroke treatment.

Dr. Florian Roser, Chair of the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, remarked that stroke is a significant worldwide health concern, ranking as the second leading cause of death and the third major cause of disability.

She emphasized that one in every four people will experience a stroke at some point in their lives, and that she is dedicated to providing world-class care for complex cerebrovascular and neurological diseases across all associated disciplines, including emergency medicine, stroke neurology, and interventional neuroradiology.

She went on to say that their interdisciplinary approach, professional caregivers, and cutting-edge technological solutions reduce the need for UAE residents to travel abroad for treatment, and they will continue to innovate while prioritizing patient safety and quality of care.

The American Stroke Association, the world’s foremost organization dedicated to helping stroke victims live longer, healthier lives, employs a stroke certification methodology to offer hospitals with a framework for managing and delivering quality care.

This strategy standardizes interventions, improves adherence to scientific criteria, and expands access to acute care for stroke patients.

 The accreditation procedure is based on standards set independently and overseen by the American Heart Association, reflecting decades of scientific and clinical experience.

In 2023, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Neurovascular Medicine Program and Stroke Center treated over 1,100 patients, maintaining its consistently high level of patient care.

To improve health outcomes in the emirate and position it as a leading healthcare hub in the region, a team of experts, including neurologists, neuro-interventionalists, vascular neurosurgeons, and specialists from other fields, work with cutting-age technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to create personalized treatment plans.

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