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GCH Awarded Primary Stroke Certification

Date: Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 1:22 PM

An accredited stroke center is right in your backyard! Garden City Hospital has been awarded Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Primary Stroke Certification serves as a notice that Garden City Hospital has the capacity to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care, and administer tPA and other acute therapies safely and efficiently.

“This certification signifies that Garden City Hospital has demonstrated and is clearly committed to providing excellent stroke care to its patients,” said Josh Prober, Chief Executive Officer of HFAP. “Hospitals that have established stroke centers have demonstrated improved treatment, better patient outcomes, and reduced costs. Moreover, Primary Stroke centers have the required infrastructure and protocols in place to stabilize and provide rapid and evidence-based care to acute stroke patients,” added Prober.

HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006 and currently offers the most options for facilities seeking stroke care certification. HFAP is the nation’s only accreditation program that certifies the full Stroke Continuum – Stroke Ready, Primary Stroke and Comprehensive Stroke. HFAP stroke certification differs from other certification programs in that it provides a three-year certification award with a mid-cycle review at 18 months. In addition, for reimbursement eligibility, hospitals must submit quarterly clinical performance measures to the HFAP office and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In order to achieve Primary Stroke Certification, Garden City Hospital had to meet the following standards:

Primary Stroke Certification:

  • The program director must have extensive experience in acute stroke
  • Stroke code team arrival at bedside must be within 15 minutes
  • Lab testing and advanced imaging capabilities must be available 24/7
  • Must have access to neurologists 24/7
  • Must have neurosurgical expertise available or able to transfer patients within two hours
  • Must have a designation stroke unit
  • Staff must meet education requirements

“We are proud to achieve HFAP’s prestigious Primary Stroke Certification. Our staff has worked tirelessly to achieve this certification and it reflects our dedication to excellent patient care and service,” said Saju George, Chief Administrative Officer at Garden City Hospital. “In awarding us Primary Stroke Certification, HFAP has provided us with the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional stroke care we provide to our patients and our commitment to the well-being of our community and surrounding communities.”