GRMC receives Acute Stroke Ready Hospital recertification by The Joint Commission

GRMC receives Acute Stroke Ready Hospital recertification by The Joint Commission

Certification is offered in collaboration with the AHA/ASA

OAKLAND, Md. – Garrett Regional Medical Center has received recertification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH) by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals is offered in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Garrett Regional Medical Center recently underwent a successful onsite surveyor review by The Joint Commission. Organizations seeking certification are required to adopt a set of standardized performance measures and collect monthly data for each set of measures. All data is submitted quarterly to The Joint Commission for review.

“The excellent care provided by our staff and providers showed once again in the surveyor review of our program and facility,” remarked Kendra Thayer, Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for GRMC and Potomac Valley Hospital.

GRMC formed a comprehensive stroke committee – Christy Trembley, RN, Emergency Department Stroke Coordinator; Kim Gordon, Director of Emergency Services; Robert Coughlin, M.D., Charlene Bennett, Nurse Manager, Family-Centered Maternity Suite; and Alma Severe, Quality Assurance Abstractor – to help lead the hospital’s acute stroke program.

“I especially want to thank our stroke committee for all the hard work they do behind the scenes to make this happen,” stated Thayer. 

Thayer also recognized GRMC’s patient care staff across many departments for the hospital achieving recertification.

“Our patient care staff in the Emergency Department and inpatient departments as well as our ancillary services including lab, radiology, patient care management, physical therapy, and education did an outstanding job!” noted Thayer. “Thank you to all our staff for all that you do each and every day.”

ASRH certification is designed to strengthen community confidence in the quality and safety of care, treatment, and services in stroke patients. Organizations receiving this designation for excellence in the care also demonstrate commitment to a higher standard of clinical service.

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