Moses Taylor Hospital named Primary Stroke Center
SCRANTON, Pa. - The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Moses Taylor Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.
Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Moses Taylor Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center Certification demonstrates that its program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
“Our primary goal is to reduce the time between stroke onset and treatment,” says Seth Jones, M.D., a board-certified neurologist and Medical Director of Moses Taylor Hospital’s Stroke Program. “Minutes count when responding to a stroke, so having a skilled team ready to respond quickly can make a major difference in a patient’s outcome.”
Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.” Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.
“Our designation as a Primary Stroke Center is a great honor,” says Justin Davis, CEO of Moses Taylor Hospital. “The physicians, clinicians and staff of our Stroke Program should rightly be proud of this designation—since it directly reflects their hard work and commitment to quality patient care.”
Moses Taylor will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Moses Taylor is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care,” and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.
Commonwealth Health also operates a Primary Stroke Center at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, first accredited in 2009.
About Moses Taylor Hospital
Serving the community since 1892, Moses Taylor Hospital is a 217-bed acute care hospital committed to quality, patient-focused care. The hospital’s signature women’s and children’s services include family birthing suites—recognized for three years in the top 10 percent of birthing hospitals in the nation—a Pediatric Center of Excellence and the region’s only Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit. Moses Taylor Hospital is an affiliate of Commonwealth Health.
From left: Colleen Dodgson, Stroke Program Coordinator; Dr. Mary Sewatsky, Chief Medical Officer; Justin Davis, Chief Executive Officer; Warren Shotto, Director, Quality & Safety; and Dr. Seth Jones, Stroke Program Medical Director.