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WellSpan York Hospital announces highest level of stroke care certification with mock stroke drill, raising awareness

Tuesday, September 05, 2017


WellSpan York Hospital has attained The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) prestigious Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers – the highest possible level of stroke certification – adding to WellSpan’s network of certified Primary Stroke Centers. To learn more about WellSpan stroke care, visit www.WellSpan.org/Stroke.

WellSpan Health today held a mock stroke drill to raise awareness of the importance of recognizing stroke symptoms quickly and to announce a new national recognition for stroke care at WellSpan York Hospital.

The drill, held in York, brought together WellSpan staff, White Rose Ambulance and actors from the hospital’s medical simulation center to present an up-close look at possible stroke symptoms and medical response.

“When it comes to stroke care, time is brain, and speed of treatment is absolutely critical,” said Lori Clark, vice president of neurosciences for WellSpan Health.

The stroke drill was held to commemorate WellSpan York Hospital attaining The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) prestigious Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers – the highest possible level of stroke certification.

With this designation, WellSpan York Hospital joins an elite group of health care organizations around the country focused on highly-specialized stroke care at the ready for patients, 24/7.

Nationally, less than 3 percent of hospitals have achieved the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation.

“This prestigious certification is a proud achievement for our clinicians and staff, who’ve worked hard to provide the highest level of stroke care to our patients and our communities,” said Keith Noll, senior vice president, WellSpan Health and president, WellSpan York Hospital. “As a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, we are a regional resource for advanced care in treating even the most critically ill stroke patients – at any time, day or night.”

To receive the honor, the hospital had to meet rigorous standards including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. 

This adds to WellSpan’s network of certified Primary Stroke Centers: WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital in Lancaster County, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital in Adams County and WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon County.

All Primary Stroke Centers are recognized by The Joint Commission and the AHA/ASA as having made exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.

Clark explains that these achievements illustrate the culture of exceptional stroke care across WellSpan.

“WellSpan offers a coordinated network of accredited Stroke Centers, which work closely together to provide patients with high quality care that is both quick and consistent,” Clark said. “We’ve invested in state-of-the-art technology, such as tele-stroke, to ensure that patients are quickly diagnosed and treated – regardless of where they are in our health system.”

“Patients don’t have to think twice about where to go for stroke care,” said Grant Sorkin, M.D., an endovascular neurosurgeon with WellSpan Neurosurgery. “When a stroke strikes, the clock starts ticking and staff from multiple disciplines make up the many moving parts to become a fast acting, well-oiled machine to deliver great care.”

To learn more about WellSpan stroke care, visit www.WellSpan.org/Stroke

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

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