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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 8:00am

Hospital Earns National Stroke Recognition

Updated: 1 year ago.
Neuroscience Nurse Berkley Shields (left) and Neurointensivist Dr. Subhashini Ramesh talk with recovering stroke patient Alice Lewis, 46, at Georgia Regents Medical Center. The medical center is the only hospital in Georgia to be named an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for complex stroke care. (Photo Courtesy of Georgia Regents Medical Center.)

The Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta has become the first hospital in the state to be designated as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Georgia Regents University clinical affairs spokeswoman Denise Parrish said the facility is one of 20 in the nation to be selected as a comprehensive stroke center.

The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations conducted a two-day review of the medical center and noted, among other things, the continuous availability of specialized treatments, specially trained and educated staff and advanced imaging technology.

Last year the medical center became the first in Georgia to use VasoCT Imaging — which produces high resolution, three-dimensional images of arteries and veins in the brain and neck to help neurosurgeons locate and open blockages.

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