HOUSTON (November 30, 2021)

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital received certification from the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC). CSC status is the highest level of care of all stroke certifications and is awarded to hospitals with specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

Memorial Hermann Southwest is the first hospital outside of the Texas Medical Center to receive the Joint Commission’s CSC designation. With this announcement, four hospitals in the Memorial Hermann Health System have now received CSC certification, the highest number of CSC-designated hospitals in the same health system in Houston.

“Achieving this designation was a team effort by the stroke team at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital who all had the common goal of providing outstanding care to stroke patients,” said Heath Rushing, Vice President of Service Lines at Memorial Hermann. “We are proud to have four Memorial Hermann hospitals in the Greater Houston area recognized with this designation.”

Last year, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center received CSC designation from DNV GL Healthcare. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is also a CSC. This certification recognizes a hospital’s ability to have state-of-the-art infrastructure, the most advanced services, specialists in stroke and cerebrovascular disease, and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. All of the hospitals provide rapid and timely care for patients and are dedicated to the best outcomes in the Greater Houston community.

“As the population in our community continues to grow, Memorial Hermann Southwest is committed to providing high level quality care to those we care for,” said Malisha Patel, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. “This designation speaks to our team’s ongoing efforts to be there for our community.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, adult disability in the United States. Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke and every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the U.S.

The Joint Commission’s CSC Certification is based on standards set forth by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the hospital addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear measures of excellence to evaluate outcomes.

For more information on stroke treatment at Memorial Hermann visit https://memorialhermann.org/stroke.