JERSEY SHORE – Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital received the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines – Stroke award from the American Heart Association. This honor recognizes the commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized and research-based guidelines, which ultimately leads to more lives saved and a reduction in disability.
To qualify for the award, Geisinger Jersey Shore has achieved an ambitious goal of treating patients at basic standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for two or more consecutive calendar years (24 months) . “More” is an additional level of recognition highlighting increased efforts to provide quality care through additional evidence-based therapies. The hospital has also demonstrated compliance with an additional level of heart failure quality over the period of 24 months or more.
“We are honored to be recognized again by the American Heart Association for our commitment to ensuring that our patients receive the highest quality stroke care,” said Jason Schauer, MD, chief medical officer for Geisinger’s North Central Region. “Everyone deserves life-saving, high-quality stroke treatment – so that’s what Geisinger’s emergency medicine providers give them.”
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early detection and treatment of strokes are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
“Every second counts when it comes to stroke care,” said Anthony Noto, MD, Geisinger neurologist. “Our stroke team facilitates better health by providing world-class care to all patients close to home.”
Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is Geisinger’s only stroke center in the North Central region, serving patients in Lycoming and Clinton counties and surrounding areas. The hospital’s designation by the American Heart Association as a Primary Stroke Center in 2021 means it provides the level of care needed for positive long-term outcomes for stroke patients.
Geisinger Jersey Shore is also a Critical Access Hospital, a designation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services given to eligible rural hospitals that improve access to health care by maintaining essential services in rural communities.