Good Samaritan Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Comprehensive Stroke Certification for the second time.
Good Samaritan underwent a rigorous, three day virtual review in July. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Good Samaritan Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”
“We congratulate Kimon Bekelis, MD, and the team at the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center at Good Samaritan Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” said Good Samaritan President Ruth E. Hennessey. “Responding to community needs, Good Samaritan developed a stroke center of choice in Suffolk County and received Comprehensive Certification in record time. By providing minimally invasive neurointerventional treatment and an advanced Neuro ICU and step down unit all on the same floor, Good Samaritan creates a unique health care environment allowing for the same team to follow you from diagnosis and treatment, through the various levels of recovery. This offers stroke patients the greatest chance of recovery by being treated at a Comprehensive Stroke Center.”
The designation puts Good Samaritan in an elite group of providers focused on highly specialized stroke care. It recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. Among the requirements for certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center are having advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for the most difficult-to-treat stroke patients. Also taken into account are quality improvement programs, performance measures and safety standards. Good Samaritan remains the only Comprehensive Stroke Center certified by both the Joint Commission and Department of Health on the South Shore of Long Island.
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