St. David's Medical Center was awarded a comprehensive stroke center certification by DNV Healthcare.
Sarah Andrews, the stroke coordinator for the NeuroTexas Institute at St. David's HealthCare, said the certification it received in 2013 means the "hospital is able to care for the most complex stroke patients."
NeuroTexas Institute offers advanced neurological and neurosurgical care.
St. David's is the first hospital in Central Texas to receive this certification.
DNV Healthcare is a risk-management company that works with national health care authorities and providers to improve health care delivery.
St. David's Medical Center is part of one of the largest health systems in Texas, St. David's HealthCare. The medical center, located at 919 E. 32nd St., includes a 350-bed acute-care hospital, a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital and is home to the NeuroTexas Institute.
A comprehensive stroke care center can provide services including neurosurgery, neurocritical care and endovascular therapies.