February 05, 2019

February 5, 2019 (Pearland, Texas) – HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland, formerly Pearland Medical Center and the city’s first hospital, is now a “Primary Stroke Center.” The coveted designation, awarded by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, confirms the hospital’s robust stroke program meets or exceeds industry best practices for acute stroke care.

Through an intensive survey last October, the accreditation bodies evaluated HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland’s compliance with a variety of stroke related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. In late January, as is procedure, the state of Texas approved the classification, finalizing the certification process.

“Achieving “Primary Stroke Certification” is a rigorous process, and we’re very proud to have earned this honor only a few years after opening our hospital,” said David Wagner, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland. “Acute stroke care is a growing need in this community, and this certification assures these patients and their loved ones that HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland is well equipped to care for them.”

Not only does the designation communicate to patients the level of care a hospital is able to provide, but it’s also an important marker for emergency medical services (EMS) providers. When feasible, EMS will typically send stroke patients to the nearest Primary Stroke Center, which for most Pearland residents, will now be HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland.

This isn’t the hospital’s first landmark recognition. Last year, HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland also became the first hospital in the city to receive chest pain accreditation for its STEMI program (life-threatening STEMI heart attacks occur when a coronary artery is completely blocked), also provided by the American Heart Association.

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.