(Hartford, Conn) – After only 8 months in operation, The Stroke Center at Saint Francis has received recognition from the Joint Commission as a primary stroke center.

The Stroke Center at Saint Francis is a program comprised of highly trained healthcare professionals from various specialties including Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Physiatry, and Rehabilitation specialists from both Saint Francis and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital.

“In the past six months, our diverse team of physicians, nursing, and rehabilitation professionals have truly exemplified their commitment to this program through their determination and the care they provide to the specialized needs of stroke patients,” said Phaniraj Iyengar, M.D., Medical Director, The Stroke Center at Saint Francis. “Our Stroke Center provides patients with rapid diagnosis from the onset of a stroke, advanced treatment through clinically proven, leading-edge technology, and comprehensive rehabilitation services.” added Dr. Iyengar.

In support of the initiatives, the Hospital’s radiology department is equipped with the most advanced diagnostic tools including the first-in-the-state Siemens Definition system with Dual Source 128-slice capability. It’s the latest breakthrough in computed tomography (CT) technology, employing two x-rays to give physicians precise images of the brain in a matter of seconds.

“We are honored to have achieved certification as a primary stroke center from the Joint Commission. In demonstrating compliance, The Stroke Center at Saint Francis has the critical elements needed to provide quality care and achieve long-term success as a leader in the community for stroke care,” said Christopher Dadlez, President and CEO, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Aside from the treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients, The Stroke Center at Saint Francis offers educational classes to stroke patients and ‘at risk’ patients with poorly managed cardiovascular disease and stroke risk factors. Topics include smoking cessation, understanding and managing blood pressure, and diabetes awareness.

“With statistics showing that one in every three Americans will suffer a stroke, our new Stroke Center initiative offers a major new healthcare resource to our community,” said Rolf Knoll, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Courses with CME credits (Continuing Medical Education) are also offered to physicians and other healthcare providers interested in learning more about stroke prevention and management. These courses are currently available as web casts at (click on Stroke Education Series in the left column). More than 400 members of our nursing staff have completed a mandatory 8-hour stroke educational program.

The Joint Commission’s primary Stroke Center Certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association. It is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.”

For more information on The Stroke Center at Saint Francis, please call toll-free 1-877-896-2276 (1-877 -TYM2BRN) or visit