First Hospital in Georgia to Earn Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Status

Dr. Hess at Stroke Care Center, Augusta University Neuroscience Center

As one of only a few select healthcare systems with the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organization, Augusta University Health offers tremendous advantages for the most severe stroke and cerebrovascular patients. Strict national criteria are required to achieve this important designation, including:


  • Required to have dedicated neuro-intensive care unit beds for complex stroke patients that provide neuro-critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Use advanced imaging capabilities
  • Annually provide care to 20 or more patients with a diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage; perform 15 or more endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures for aneurysm and administer IV tPA to an average of 25 or more eligible patients
  • Coordinate post hospital care for patients
  • Use a peer review process to evaluate and monitor the care provided to patients with ischemic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Participate in stroke research  

The experts in the Augusta University Medical Center Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center deliver skilled, responsive stroke care that can save lives and prevent disabilities. Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the program is staffed by nationally renowned stroke specialists.

Augusta University, located in the heart of the Stroke Belt, also recently received the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

A stroke, or “brain attack,” can change your life in an instant, especially if you don’t get a fast, accurate diagnosis and targeted care. As a Center of Excellence and one of the premiere stroke facilities in the Southeast, the Augusta University Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center offers state of the art medical care to stroke patients, both at our facility in Augusta, Georgia and remotely though REACH, our nationally recognized stroke telemedicine program. Patient education is critical to early intervention so we encourage you to learn more about symptoms or warning signs of stroke.