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Legacy's nationally accredited stroke program is a leader in the Portland-Vancouver metro area. We work with emergency services and other health care providers to identify new ways to deliver efficient and effective stroke treatment.

The goal of these certifications and guidelines is to reduce death and disability from stroke.

Comprehensive Stroke Center accreditation

Legacy Emanuel is accredited as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This is formal recognition of its expertise in treating any kind of stroke or stroke complication, including the most complex and most serious strokes. It's the highest level of of certification that a stroke program can achieve. 

Stroke patients at Legacy Emanuel benefit from the highest level of expertise in: 

  • Diagnosis of stroke
  • Treatment of stroke
  • Rehabilitation from stroke
  • Education to help prevent stroke, and recover from stroke

Joint Commission certification  

"The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care."

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. This accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

The Joint Commission has designated all five Legacy adult hospitals as Primary Stroke Centers: Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Meridian Park, Legacy Mount Hood and Legacy Salmon Creek.

American Stroke Association "Get With the Guidelines" recognition

Get With The Guidelines is the premier hospital-based quality improvement program for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. It empowers healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines.

Our hospitals that have earned this recognition:

  • Legacy Emanuel – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Legacy Meridian Park – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Legacy Mount Hood – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Legacy Salmon Creek – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll

In addition, the above four hospitals have earned an extra recognition for quick and consistent delivery of the clot-busting drugs that help restore blood flow to the brain.

Get with the Guidelines Stroke 2016 reduced