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Hospital provides highest level of stroke care available in Lycoming and Clinton counties

JERSEY SHORE, Pa.Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

Designation as a Primary Stroke Center signifies that a hospital is providing the level of care necessary to achieve long-term successful outcomes for stroke patients, and GJSH provides this level of stroke care close to home for residents of Lycoming and Clinton counties. GJSH is also a Critical Access Hospital, a designation given to eligible rural hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities.

“Very few Critical Access Hospitals across the nation are recognized as Primary Stroke Centers, and we are honored to receive this recognition,” said Jason Schauer, M.D., emergency medicine physician at GJSH. “Our patients and their families can stay close to home while receiving the highest level of stroke care available in the community.”

“When it comes to stroke care, every second counts,” said Mitch Onken, M.D., Geisinger neurologist. “Geisinger is dedicated to providing world-class care close to home in all of the communities we serve, and this certification recognizes our stroke team’s commitment to that goal.”

Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital recently opened an on-site helipad, reducing transport time for patients who need advanced care at a Comprehensive Stroke Center, like Geisinger Medical Center or Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

“We congratulate Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects Geisinger’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

A stroke occurs when blood and oxygen can’t flow to the brain as normal. There are two types of stroke: ischemic stroke, the most common, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked, and hemorrhagic stroke, which indicates bleeding in the brain. Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. 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.

Geisinger’s nationally recognized Acute Stroke Program includes 24/7 stroke care at all of our hospitals, two Comprehensive Stroke Centers designated by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Primary Stroke Center hospitals, and research-proven care that helps people recover from stroke with fewer disabilities. To learn more, visit geisinger.org/stroke.

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Geisinger emergency department care team members work up a patient.
Jed Ritter, M.D., Gabe Weaver, RN, and Brianna Heller, emergency medical nursing assistant, interact with a patient at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital. The hospital was recently designated a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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