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Kaleida Health Receives Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV for a Third Year in a Row

Updated: 3/18/2016

Kaleida Health announced that it has received certification from DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center for a third year in a row. The accreditation reflects the highest level of competence for the treatment of acute stroke events.

During DNV’s two day survey at Buffalo General Medical Center/ Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI), they found no deficiencies in the stroke program. Only one other hospital in the entire country has earned this elite recognition. Through the stroke team’s continued collaborative and multidisciplinary approach, they were able to advance and correct minor previously identified areas of concern.

The DNV surveyors used words like “impressive, efficient, dynamic, engaged and best in class” when describing their observations and rounds.

“To say I’m proud of our team at BGMC would be an understatement. Receiving this accreditation for a third year in a row is exceptional, and to receive it with zero deficiencies speaks volumes of our staff’s dedication, determination and teamwork,” said Cheryl Klass, president of BGMC.

Buffalo General Medical Center treats more strokes than any other hospital in all of New York State and more than double of any hospital in Western New York.  In fact, because of the stroke team’s outcomes, skill, and world-wide reputation, physicians from esteemed medical institutions such as Harvard, Duke, and Cleveland Clinic come to here to learn the latest surgical procedures and interventions for treatment of stroke.

Comprehensive stroke centers are the best-equipped medical centers in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the highest level of life-saving stroke care and technology.