Medical City Plano
November 13, 2019

First comprehensive stroke center in Collin County has treated thousands of stroke patients

PLANO — Medical City Plano has been recertified for the third time as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC), reflecting the highest level of competence in treating serious strokes. Initially certified in 2013 as the first CSC in Collin County, Medical City Plano has since cared for thousands of stroke patients.

“Because of the time-critical nature of stroke treatment, our stroke experts are ready 24/7 to deliver advanced care quickly and efficiently,” says Carlton Ulmer, CEO of Medical City Plano. “This recertification validates our ongoing efforts to provide the highest level and full spectrum of stroke care for the many human lives we treat, from diagnosis and leading-edge treatments to rehabilitation and education.”

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, CSCs have been shown to improve clinical outcomes and mitigate disparities in ischemic stroke patients. Hemorrhagic stroke patients admitted to CSCs are more likely to receive neurosurgical and endovascular treatments and be alive at 90 days than patients admitted to other hospitals.

In Texas, trauma and EMS teams are required to transport patients to the nearest certified stroke center to help ensure the best possible care. The American Stroke Association recommends that EMS bypass less equipped stroke-ready hospitals for Comprehensive Stroke Center when transporting appropriate stroke patients if the additional travel time is 15 minutes or less.

Medical City Plano’s recent CSC recertification lasts for three years and includes annual visits from the comprehensive stroke center certification survey team. The certification is based on standards set by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. Medical City Plano is also home to the Texas Stroke Institute, with its world-renowned team of interventional neurologists board certified in stroke and neurological care.