In September 2004, New Jersey enacted into law the Stroke Center Act requiring the Department of Health and Senior Services (Department) to designate general hospitals that meet certain standards as either Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
In 2006, the Department proposed new rules that applied to all licensed general hospitals seeking designation as either a primary stroke center or a comprehensive stroke center. The rule requires a designated stroke center to maintain a database to support the evaluation of outcomes and continuous quality improvement. The Department collects stroke services data and acts as the data repository to evaluate outcomes and provide summary data on stroke services. Data collection started in 2010.
In 2007, the Department began designating hospitals as primary or comprehensive stroke centers with over 90% of the hospitals designated to date.