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Dec. 11, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) has earned the Joint Commission’s certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on on-site evaluations that evaluate a medical center’s compliance with the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Associations’ statements and guidelines for stroke care.
“This certification demonstrates the dedication of physicians, nurses and staff that make up the GWV stroke team, which works to continuously improve the quality of stroke care provided in Luzerne County and the surrounding area,” said Steven Pierdon, M.D., chief medical officer, GWV. “While earning the Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification is recognition of exceptional care, it is also involves a commitment from our physicians and staff to continue assessing the care we provide and identifying ways to improve.”
GWV is one of 61 medical centers in Pennsylvania to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center, joining Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton
“The creation of a program worthy of the Joint Commission Primary Stoke Center Certification was truly a team effort throughout all levels of care at GWV,” said Edgar Kenton, M.D., director, Stroke Program, Geisinger Health System. “Earning this award involved streamlining the way we care for strokes from the moment a patient displays symptoms to when he or she arrives in the emergency room, neurological and neurosurgical care and beyond. Every physician, nurse and first responder who contributes to stroke care deserves recognition for the Primary Stroke Center Certification.”
Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. It has been issuing Primary Stroke Center Certification since 2003.
Pictured from left: First row- Margaret Hennelly-Bergin, chief nursing officer, GWV; Mary Ann Blosky, stroke
program coordinator, Geisinger Health System; Teena O’Connor, operations manager, neurology, GWV.
Second row- John Buckley, chief administrative officer, GWV; Edgar Kenton, M.D., director, Stroke Program,
Geisinger Health System; Andrew Raposo, stroke program coordinator, GWV. Third row- James Hora, M.D.,
director, neurology, GWV; Steven Pierdon, M.D., chief medical officer, GWV.
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