The road to Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification is challenging and requires full integration of neurological, neurosurgical, neurointerventional, and neurocritical care and rehabilitation services across the entire continuum of care. To successfully achieve this level of certification, centers must coordinate significant resources and services into an organized program. This paper is the first in a three-part series outlining common pitfalls facing many organizations during their journey to initial CSC certification and re-certification and offers a roadmap and pearls for success on this journey. Setting the vision for certification is a key first step in the certification process. This includes fully understanding the certification standards, requirements, and supporting documents. Program leadership must then conduct a thorough gap analysis and build a business plan to support the program as it transitions to a CSC. These key steps should inform the timeline for certification application.
- Acute stroke
- Stroke certification
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine