Why Choose UT Medical Center for Stroke Care
Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center
The Region's Only Comprehensive Stroke Center and Get With the Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award / Target: Stroke Honor Roll
UT Medical Center is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center designated by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. This means that our patients are recognized on a national level as receiving the highest-quality of care offered in the health care industry and have better outcomes. For five consecutive years the Stroke Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke award and has been recognized by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as meeting the standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.
In conjunction with the American Stroke Association, UT Medical Center is thoroughly committed to providing patients with the highest quality of stroke care based on the latest scientific guidelines and technology to ensure continuous improvement in care. It's a difference that shows in the lives of our patients, their families and in the satisfaction felt by our nurses empowered to do their best for patient care.
Our multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neuro interventional radiologists, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, stroke nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and neuroscience nurses are committed to minimizing the immediate and secondary brain damage from a stroke and maximizing our patients' chance for full recovery. They are part of a dedicated stroke unit and supported by a neuro critical care unit (NCC) with specially-trained nurses and rehabilitation therapists.
As the region’s only academic medical center, the University of Tennessee Medical Center strives to provide quality, evidence-based care to patients throughout the region. Through adherence to the stringent parameters of the Get With the Guidelines® program and Joint Commission/American Heart Association, The University of Tennessee Medical Center is recognized with hospitals throughout the country for excellence in patient care.
The region's only Comprehensive Stroke Center to be recognized by the Joint Commission/American Heart Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and to be awarded the Get with The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll by the American Heart Association/Joint Commission.
Which means, the Comprehensive Stroke Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Complex Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff, and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.
Joint Commission experts reviewed the Medical Center's compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease.
Current and Past Stroke Center Achievements
- In 2008, the University of Tennessee Medical Center was awarded a Bronze Achievement Award which recognizes performance for 90 consecutive days.
- In 2009, the University of Tennessee Medical Center was awarded a Silver Achievement Award which recognizes performance for 12 consecutive months.
- In 2010, the University of Tennessee Medical Center was awarded a Gold Achievement Award which recognizes performance for 24 consecutive months.
- In 2011, the University of Tennessee Medical Center was awarded a Gold Plus Achievement Award.
- In 2012, the University of Tennessee Medical Center was awarded a Gold Plus Achievement Award.
- In 2013, the University of Tennessee Medical Center was awarded a Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award certified by the American Heart Association.
- In 2013, The University of Tennessee Medical Center was recognized by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center - joining an elite group in the nation to serve complex stroke cases.
- 2014 Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll
- 2015 Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Plus
- 2016 Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Plus
The Comprehensive Stroke Team at The University of Tennessee Medical Center is committed to providing exceptional care to our stroke patients. The Stroke Center participates in the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Program which is designed to promote adherence to the latest scientific guidelines for stroke care. Our Stroke Center consistently meets or exceeds the national averages among GWTG.
Percent with door to needle time less than 60 minutes
Current guidelines for the treatment of ischemic stroke include recommendations for treatment with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) in patients meeting specific criteria. t-PA must be given within a specified time frame in order to help decrease disability from ischemic stroke. Strategies to reduce the amount of time it takes for evaluation of stroke and treatment with t-PA, are an important part of stroke center operations.
A national emphasis, led by the American Heart Association, on decreasing “door to treatment” times for patients receiving IV t-PA has resulted in improvement in treatment times across the country. The goal set for the initiative is that at least 75 percent of patients receiving IV t-PA will be treated in 60 minutes or less. The University of Tennessee Medical Center's Comprehensive Stroke Center recognized as a Target: Stroke Honor Roll facility, has established a team approach to ensure timely treatment of stroke.
Cerebral Arteriogram Outcomes
A cerebral arteriogram, also called a cerebral angiogram, is an imaging test that uses x-rays and dye to see inside the arteries in the neck and head. This test is used to see how blood moves through the arteries. It can be used to check for blocked or damaged arteries.
The target set by The Joint Commission for the complication rate after cerebral arteriogram is below 1%. Complications include stroke, death, and bleeding. The University of Tennessee Medical Center exceeds this standard with a complication rate of 0.0%. The graph below demonstrates the number of cerebral arteriograms completed each month along with the number of complications.
Target: Stroke Honor Roll
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize The University of Tennessee Medical Center for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75% or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes in addition to achieving IV rt-PA door-to-needle times in less than or equal to 60 minutes in 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients (minimum of 6) during one calendar quarter.Learn more