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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.

 

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