Good Samaritan Hospital Awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification by Joint Commission

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Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY has earned the Gold Seal of ApprovalÂ? for healthcare quality from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for healthcare quality from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. This certification acknowledges the high quality of care for acute stroke provided by the staff at Good Samaritan, under the guidance of the stroke team.

To earn this distinction, the program was evaluated according to Joint Commission standards. The process involves assessment of the program's protocols, and includes interviews with patients and staff.

"Good Samaritan Hospital has demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients," says Charles A. Mowll, executive vice president, Business Development, Government, and External Relations, Joint Commission.

Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke ever 45 second and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

"We're proud to achieve this important distinction," said Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital. "This certification means that Good Samaritan Hospital is providing leading edge care for stroke patients. We're proud to achieve Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification, and proud to be providing the very best care available to our patients."

The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program – the nation's first – in 2003.

According to Stuart Lestch, M.D., a neurologist and director of the Stroke Program at Good Samaritan Hospital, this award emphasizes the quality of healthcare delivery offered at Good Samaritan.

"Many of these stroke patients arrive at the Emergency Department, and every second counts," said Dr. Lestch. "Our stroke team responds rapidly around-the clock, assessing and treating patients with the most advanced therapies. I can't emphasize enough that if you suspect a stroke, time is of the essence."

Good Samaritan Hospital voluntarily pursued Joint Commission certification. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation's leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about the stroke program at Good Samaritan Hospital, or any of its programs, visit their website at, or contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.

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John Lonsdorf                                     

R&J Public Relations

(908) 722-5757

Deborah Marshall

Good Samaritan Hospital

(845) 368-5570

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