Lutheran Medical Center Receives Comprehensive Stroke Certification

WHEAT RIDGE, CO (Nov. 1, 2019) – Lutheran has received certification from DNV GL-Healthcare as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events, and the ability to provide 24/7 advanced stroke care for the most complex of cases.

Certification from DNV GL-Healthcare is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association and affirms that Lutheran can address the full spectrum of stroke care from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and education.

“As a Primary Stroke Center for more than 10 years, Lutheran has gradually increased its capabilities to care for serious stroke cases,” said Grant Wicklund, President and CEO of Lutheran. “In recent years, we have introduced several advanced programs and technologies to care for those experiencing stroke, including a biplane 3-D imaging system. The biplane system assists physicians in locating blockages that cause ischemic stroke and identifying aneurysms that cause hemorrhagic stroke, in order to better diagnose and treat various neurological disorders.”

Lutheran has invested significant resources to advancing stroke care in the community, leading to national recognition for positive patient outcomes. Lutheran has some of the fastest treatment times in the metro area, and was among the first few local hospitals to offer intra-arterial therapy for large vessel occlusion strokes as well.

“Comprehensive Stroke Certification reflects a team effort of our neurosciences service line, the entire hospital and our community partners to ensure the health and safety of our patients,” Wicklund added. “We are pleased to be recognized for our continued commitment to providing the highest quality stroke care to the community.”

About Lutheran Medical Center

Lutheran Medical Center is a community-based, 338-bed acute-care hospital located in Wheat Ridge, CO. Local and national ratings organizations regularly recognize Lutheran for clinical excellence, patient safety and patient experience.

Lutheran’s premier services include a five-star birthing center, Heart and Neurovascular Center, robotic surgery, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Cancer Centers of Colorado, Orthopedics, a Level III Trauma Center and emergency services including the first Senior Emergency Room in Colorado. Senior-focused services also include Senior Behavioral Health and a Senior Surgery Center. Lutheran operations include West Pines, Lutheran Hospice and Bridges Health and Wellness, and the Spine Center at Denver West.

Lutheran received Healthgrades “America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award” in 2018 and in 2019, placing it among the top 1 percent in the nation for overall clinical excellence. To learn more, visit

Lutheran is owned by SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our $2.6 billion health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 100 physician clinics, and home health, hospice, mental health and safety-net services primarily in Colorado and Montana. We relentlessly focus on delivering safe, high-quality, effective care to every patient, every time, everywhere. In 2017, SCL Health invested $259.4 million in community benefit -- 10 cents of every dollar we earn -- to support health improvement in our communities. To learn more about SCL Health, visit

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