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Published on February 28, 2018

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital Earns Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

The designation is a reflection of the advanced stroke care offered at one of the busiest stroke centers in the state.


The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital has been named a comprehensive stroke center. Only about 2 percent of U.S. hospitals share this designation. The Joint Commission awards the certification recognizing hospitals that are capable of treating the most complex stroke cases.

“We treat nearly 1,300 people every year for stroke, making us one of the busiest centers in the state.

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital

It is important that we provide our patients with the highest levels of technology and quality care available,” says Pramod Sethi, MD, system medical director of inpatient neurology at Cone Health. “This designation is a result of the strong commitment Cone Health has made to treating stroke patients across the Piedmont Triad.”

To be eligible for the comprehensive stroke certification, hospitals must surpass the rigorous requirements of a primary stroke center. These additional requirements include advanced imaging, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments and training staff to care for complex stroke patients.

“By achieving this advanced certification, Moses Cone Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is voluntary and The Joint Commission commends Moses Cone Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

The Stroke Center at Moses Cone Hospital is the hub for Cone Health’s stroke program that includes Annie Penn Hospital, Alamance Regional Medical Center, MedCenter High Point, and Wesley Long Hospital. This coordinated program provides neurologists around the clock to Cone Health emergency departments. This allows patients to be quickly evaluated and treated in their local hospital or transferred to Moses Cone Hospital if more advanced treatment is needed.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Cone Health recommends that anyone noticing stroke symptoms call 911 for the fastest evaluation and treatment.

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