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Geisinger-Community Medical Center named Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center

Gold Seal of Approval recognizes effective, timely stroke care


SCRANTON, Pa. – Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC) has officially earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for 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.

GCMC3“Achieving this certification demonstrates the commitment and dedication of the G-CMC stroke team to continuously improving the care provided in Lackawanna County and the surrounding area,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., chief medical officer, G-CMC. “While earning the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval 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.”

G-CMC is one of 54 medical centers in Pennsylvania to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center. It is also the only hospital in Lackawanna County to be honored with the Primary Stroke Center distinction.

“The creation of a program worthy of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval was truly a team effort throughout all levels of care at G-CMC,” 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 arrives in the emergency room to 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.