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MetroHealth’s Brecksville and Parma Emergency Departments Recognized for Providing Superior Stroke Care

The MetroHealth System is proud to announce that the emergency departments at its facilities in Brecksville and Parma have been recognized for providing superior care for patients suffering from strokes.

The Joint Commission recently certified MetroHealth’s Brecksville and Parma emergency departments as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals. The Brecksville and Parma facilities are believed to be the only free-standing emergency departments in Northeast Ohio to attain this level of certification.

“We have put a lot of time and training into preparing for this to better serve the communities where we are located,” said Dr. Charles L. Emerman, chair of MetroHealth’s emergency medicine department. “This is care you cannot get an urgent care or another free-standing emergency department.”

The designation means both facilities have met rigid criteria designed by the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association. Both the Brecksville and Parma locations are now recognized for the level of initial care it provides stroke victims. The teams there can rapidly recognize the signs of stroke, diagnose a stroke and begin initial treatment.

This certification is an excellent addition to the high level of stroke services available at MetroHealth. MetroHealth’s Main Campus is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the highest level of certification.

“We congratulate MetroHealth for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

About the MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit