GALVESTON, Texas – The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare, a leading health care accrediting agency in the United States.

According to Annette Macias-Hoag, associate vice president for health system operations, the certification validates UTMB’s commitment, expertise and readiness to care for victims of complex strokes.

UTMB underwent a rigorous onsite review that evaluated their adherence to DNV comprehensive stroke standards and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, as well as compliance with mandated performance measures.

The certification encompasses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes a concise system of measurements to evaluate outcomes.

According to DNV GL accredited stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication.