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January 17, 2020

Hamilton Health Sciences earns Distinction in Stroke Services

Accreditation Canada, the accreditation body that evaluates Canadian hospitals to ensure national standards are met or exceeded, has awarded Hamilton Health Sciences’ Hamilton General Hospital (HGH) Distinction in Stroke Services. Distinction indicates that HHS has demonstrated national leadership in the delivery of high quality stroke care, meeting Canadian Stroke Best Practices.

The hospital received Distinction in both acute stroke services and inpatient stroke rehabilitation services. This is the second time HGH has achieved this designation in both areas, and the third time it has received Distinction in inpatient stroke rehabilitation.

Leaders in stroke care

In Central South Ontario, HGH is the designated Regional Stroke Centre, providing care to a region of 2.3 million people. The hospital is considered a national leader in stroke care, and offers treatment including:

• stroke prevention,
• emergency stroke care including the delivery of clot-busting medication, and life-saving clot retrieval procedures
• specialized post-stroke acute care
• inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation.

During the accreditation process, a team of surveyors visited the site to review processes and observe care. Many staff members and doctors were involved in preparing for the review, and their dedication contributed to this achievement.

Hamilton Health Sciences as a whole also recently achieved Accreditation Canada’s highest level of recognition, and was Accredited with Exemplary Standing in 2019.