Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received certification from DNV GL - Healthcare as a Primary Stroke Center, affirming the hospital’s readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related medical problems.


“This certification lets our community know we have the resources and commitment to provide the best possible stroke care,” said Maureen Lall, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, SCRN, COHN-S, director of the Neuroscience & Spine Center. “It’s a combination of the right personnel, training and equipment to quickly assess and treat strokes. Achieving certification ensures the health and safety of our patients.”


The DNV GL - Healthcare Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association and affirms that the hospital addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.


“Achieving this certification shows commitment to excellence,” said Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL - Healthcare. “And it helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”


According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. Because stroke or “brain attack” effects blood flow to the brain, rapid and effective treatment can save lives and provide the best chance of limiting the extent of long-term damage.


DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment and training services.