In 2018 BIDMC received Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission. Hospitals achieve this certification by demonstrating that they have specific training and resources in Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Radiology, Lab Services and Nursing Care to receive and treat the most complex stroke patients. The Stroke Care team assures that we are consistently providing the best care to our stroke patients based on National, State, and Internal Stroke Care guidelines.


Since 2008, BIDMC has been recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Primary Stroke Service Provider

BIDMC also participates in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke" program — a national collaborative aimed at ensuring best practices and strong outcomes for all Stroke patients.

Learn more about Stroke Patient Care and Treatment at BIDMC.

The graphs below show you how BIDMC meets recommended guidelines for stroke care. Click on a measure for more information.

Stroke Care in the Emergency Department

Emergency Department Measure

BIDMC Performance 
CY 2017 1

Goal
Door to IV rt-PA Time 
A higher percentage is better.
100% 100%

Stroke Care in the Hospital

Inpatient Measures2

BIDMC Performance
Q4 FY 2017
Goal
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention
A higher percentage is better.
100% 98%
Procoagulant Reversal Agent Initiation for ICH
A higher percentage is better.
% %
Median Time Arrival to Skin Puncture (in minutes
A lower number is better.

Stroke Prevention Before and After Discharge 

Stroke Prevention Measures2 BIDMC Performance 
Q4 FY 2017
Goal
Documentation of Stroke Education Provided 
A higher score is better.
100% 98%
Assessed for Rehabilitation Services 
A higher score is better.
98% 98%
Antithrombotic Medication Prescribed at Discharge 
A higher score is better.
100% 98%
Anticoagulation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter Prescribed at Discharge 
A higher score is better.
100% 98%

1 BIDMC performance data submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Heath, Primary Stoke Services Registry.

2 BIDMC performance data submitted to the Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) program sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Last Updated: April 2018

Contact Information
Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality and Safety
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-1325