Bradenton, FL – Blake Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received certification from DNV GL Healthcare as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events. This makes Blake Medical Center the first and only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Manatee County.

“Stroke care requires the highest level of performance, both individually and organizationally. That is the only way to achieve the extreme efficiency needed to meet the time-critical nature of these events, and produce the highest quality outcomes,” says Mitchell Rubinstein, Chief Medical Officer Blake Medical Center. “This certification from DNV GL validates all the effort we have put into this program and to ensuring the health and safety of our patients.” The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

“We are excited to be the very first and only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Manatee County. Our program provides compassionate, specialized care and treatment for any type of stroke. This eliminates potential transfer needs for specialized stroke care, thereby allowing Manatee County residents to remain close to home regardless of the neurological condition requiring acute treatment,” says Randy Currin, President and Chief Executive Officer Blake Medical Center. “Blake Medical Center is proud to provide the most complete neurological program in the county.”

Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the largest and best equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the most appropriate, reimbursable care.

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare. “And it helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”