When a stroke occurs, time is critical. 

The best results will be achieved at a hospital that is set up to provide the fastest treatment possible for stroke intervention and also meets the highest standards for stroke care. Seton Brain & Spine Institute, in partnership with Seton Family of Hospitals, has earned Primary Stroke Center designation with Gold Seal Approval from The Joint Commission at four sites in Central Texas.

The Joint Commission SealThe Joint Commission – an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. – recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services provided include the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. Primary Stroke Center designation is the best signal to our community that the quality care we provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

In fact, University Medical Center Brackenridge and Seton Medical Center Austin were the first two hospitals in the entire state of Texas to receive Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission. Since that time, Seton Medical Center Williamson and Seton Medical Center Hays have also earned the same certification. The Commission's certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association. It is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers."