Stroke Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital

The Sibley Stroke Program is a center of excellence in stroke care. It brings together physicians and health care providers from multiple specialties to provide comprehensive evaluation and management of stroke patients. We aim to provide outstanding care to all patients with acute stroke. This includes diagnosis with the newest modalities: treatment with standard therapies such as tPA as well as innovative therapies; and state of the art hospital-based and post discharge care by nurses, therapists and physicians experienced in stroke.

Learn about Stroke with Jason Freeman, M.D.

Learn more about Stroke with Jenni Knittig, R.N.

Sibley Memorial Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recognized Sibley Memorial Hospital with Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. This Primary Stroke Center certification and recertification means that the program has been evaluated by an independent organization and has been found to meet critical elements of performance needed to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Recertification is undertaken annually. This certification signifies our dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. 

Sibley underwent a rigorous on-site review in October 2014. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Sibley’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers. Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

Our Approach to Stroke Care

Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) 

As of October 1, 2018, Sibley Memorial Hospital is participating in a Medicare initiative called the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model focusing on inpatient and post-discharge care for stroke patients. As a participant, Sibley Memorial Hospital will work with Medicare to improve care for patients.

The BPCI Advanced Model is an innovative Medicare initiative that encourages doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to work more closely together so patients get better care during and following certain hospital stays. In this initiative, doctors and hospitals may work closely with certain health care providers and suppliers that help patients recover after discharge from the hospital, including skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long term care hospitals. By working together, the health care providers are trying to more efficiently provide well-managed, high-quality, patient-centered care for stroke patients. 

Philanthropy In Action

The Advanced Stroke Life Support training of nine RNs was funded by the Sibley Foundation. An anonymous donor gave $1 million to fund the Stroke Program.

Donations have made it possible to provide services and support the highest quality of care.

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