The Department of Health and Seniors Services designates licensed general hospitals that meet certain standards as either a Primary Stroke Center or a Comprehensive Stroke Center. A hospital designated as a Primary Stroke Center shall provide the following patient care and support services:
- An acute stroke team.
- Board certified neurologists and radiologists.
- Neurology and emergency department personnel trained in the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke.
- Neuro-imaging services capability available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Acute care rehabilitation services.
- Transfer arrangements with a Comprehensive Stroke Center in New Jersey that facilitate the transfer of patients with complex strokes to a Comprehensive Stroke Center for care when clinically warranted.
- Stroke database or registry capable of tracking outcomes for quality improvement and evaluation.
- Demonstrate a continuing commitment to ongoing education to the general public about stroke.
Comprehensive Stroke Centers will provide the same basic services provided by Primary Stroke Centers. In addition, they provide specialized care for patients who experience complex strokes including the following:
- Neurosurgical team capable of assessing and treating complex stroke and stroke-like syndromes.
- Neuro-imaging services with digital subtraction angiography and a special procedures suite equipped for neuro-interventional procedures that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Comprehensive rehabilitation services either on site or by transfer agreement with another health care facility.
- Develop policies regarding ongoing evaluation and quality improvement activities by using data maintained by the center.