Wayne Memorial Certified As Primary Stroke Center

Wayne Memorial Hospital is proud to announce it is now officially a certified Primary Stroke Center. Accreditation was awarded this month by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Healthcare and officially recognized by the Pennsylvania State Department of Health. The certification followed a rigorous multi-disciplinary review by DNV, a state-approved accrediting organization in Pennsylvania.

“For patients and our community, this certification means that a suspected or actual stroke patient can be assured of excellent and expedient care close to home,” said James Pettinato, RN, director of Patient Care Services. “In the world of strokes, time is of the essence. Every minute lost is brain tissue lost.”

To achieve certification, Wayne Memorial Hospital augmented elements already in place with the following actions:

  • Created an Acute Care Stroke Team,which can be activated within 15 minutes.
  • Implemented Tele-stroke technology, which connects a patient with a board-certified neurologist via inter-active video-conferencing in real time.
  • Streamlined diagnostic procedures

for stroke patients, including the ability to obtain and             interpret a CT image of the brain within 45 minutes.

Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department medical staff has always had the ability to administer the only FDA approved clot busting drug, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), when it is medically appropriate. With Tele-stroke, the determination can be made much more quickly.

“We have had numerous meetings with local ambulance crews over the last several months,” said Pettinato, “to further integrate the care of a suspected stroke patient. With this certification, we anticipate improved patient outcomes. Patients will not have to go further afield for care and in most cases, we can provide the care they need immediately.”

“This certification is an accomplishment worth trumpeting,” added CEO David L. Hoff, “Our Emergency Department staff, Imaging Department, Laboratory Services, and Nursing all played a part in helping us reach this goal. Community Health and Public Relations also helped us educate the community about our stroke services and about stroke in general. The faster one receives care, the greater the possibilities for a positive outcome.”

The certification effort was led by Michele Churney, RN. The certification is valid for three years.