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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Designation by The Joint Commission recognizes quality stroke care available in Lycoming County

JERSEY SHORE, Pa. – Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital has been designated an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by The Joint Commission. This designation recognizes the quality of care provided to stroke patients at Geisinger Jersey Shore and its adherence to the highest standards of stroke care, including rapid response and diagnosis and application of appropriate medication.

Telestroke technology at Geisinger Jersey Shore allows emergency department physicians to immediately connect with neurologists at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, a Comprehensive Stroke Center. An advanced live-stream camera provides two-way communication between Jersey Shore and Danville, allowing patients to be treated at Geisinger Jersey Shore if their condition doesn’t require surgery. If more advanced treatment is needed, patients can be transported by Geisinger Life Flight to Geisinger Medical Center in less than 20 minutes, providing the timely care that is crucial to stroke recovery and rehabilitation.

“Having Geisinger Jersey Shore designated an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital recognizes that patients in Lycoming County have access to lifesaving stroke care close to home,” said Tammy Anderer, PhD, CRNP, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Jersey Shore. “With the support of our neurology team at Geisinger Medical Center, we are able to provide immediate care for patients at Geisinger Jersey Shore and provide timely transfer to our Comprehensive Stroke Center in Danville when more advanced care is needed.”

“This designation is the result of outstanding teamwork between the providers and staff at Geisinger Jersey Shore and the stroke care team at Geisinger Medical Center,” said Chris Cummings, M.D., stroke director for Geisinger’s central region. “Our entire stroke care team is dedicated to providing high-quality stroke care for all of our patients in the communities we serve.”

In the United States, on average, a stroke is suffered once every 40 seconds. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in adults, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For every minute that a stroke is left untreated, up to 2 million brain cells die, so seeking immediate medical attention is critical to a successful recovery.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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