Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center — one of only five hospitals in the state to receive the designation, the hospital announced.
Offered by The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, the designation is the highest level of certification for hospitals with the specific ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases, according to a Jan. 24 news release.
“I am most proud of this accomplishment because it now ensures that the Upstate region of South Carolina has a choice as to where they can go to receive care for their cerebrovascular disease,” said Dr. Sharon Webb, director of cerebrovascular, endovascular and neurocritical care at Bon Secours.
Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability and the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the release.
The Comprehensive Stroke Center designation means that Bon Secours provides the highest level of care for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, including performing mechanic thrombectomies and treating aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, the release said.