Tampa General Hospital Awarded Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program Certification | Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital Awarded Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program Certification

Published: Jan 6, 2021

By Ellen Fiss


TGH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is recognized nationally for quality and safety.  

Tampa, FL (January 6, 2021) – Tampa General Hospital has been awarded Comprehensive Stroke Certification by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the nation’s original independent accreditation program. This three-year certification confirms that Tampa General Hospital provides high-quality stroke care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

In 2014, TGH became the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Tampa Bay area to earn accreditation. This year marks the third time in a row the program has been awarded Comprehensive Stroke Certification by HFAP.  

“Tampa General Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Meg Gravesmill, vice president, HFAP. “We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough onsite review of the Comprehensive Stroke Center against standards for organizational operations and clinical services that drive patient safety and continuous quality improvement. Tampa General Hospital has earned the distinction of HFAP certification through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”

Tampa General Hospital provides the most advanced treatments with the highest levels of expertise offered in stroke care. The Comprehensive Stroke Certification is the highest level of accreditation for stroke centers and is nationally recognized as the gold standard.

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious certification,” said Wendi Goodson-Celerin, vice president of Neuroscience and Acute Care at Tampa General Hospital. “Earning HFAP certification is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

U.S. News and World Report recognized Tampa General’s Neurology and Neurosurgery program among the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals as well as being one of the top 10 programs in Florida for 2020-2021.  Along with being a nationally accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center, the hospital recently recruited additional stroke interventional proceduralists, critical care intensivists and complex spine physicians to continue Tampa General’s commitment to providing the highest level of expert care.


Tampa General Hospital, a 1006-bed non-profit academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Hospitals, and one of the top 4 hospitals in Florida, with five specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With five medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center and its 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of FloridaIt also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health and 19 outpatient Radiology Centers. Tampa Bay residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track.  As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost.  For more information, go to www.tgh.org.


About HFAP
Originally established in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accreditation program in the United States. HFAP holds deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and also is recognized by state governments and regulatory bodies, and insurers. HFAP is a nationally recognized brand of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). For more information on HFAP programs, visit www.hfap.org.Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) has over 30 years of experience promoting safe, quality patient care. As a nationally recognized leader in accreditation, ACHC is known for providing value, integrity, and the industry’s best customer service. IN addition to programs under the HFAP brand, non-profit ACHC holds CMS deeming authority for Home Health, Hospice, Renal Dialysis, Home Infusion Therapy, and DMEPOS. For more information on ACHC, visit www.achc.org.