UW Hospital was named a comprehensive stroke center by the Joint Commission, a health care accreditation organization, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the hospital announced Wednesday.
The certification recognizes the hospital's ability to treat multiple complex stroke cases at the same time, along with other factors such as advanced imaging and stroke research.
UW Hospital was designated a primary stroke center in 2008. St. Mary's Hospital received that designation in 2007 and is pursuing the comprehensive certification, spokesman Steve Van Dinter said. Meriter Hospital was named a primary stroke center in 2009 and is "assessing the value" of applying for the comprehensive certification, spokeswoman Mary Reinke said.