Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital is pleased to announce that it has been named as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. This recognition means that the communities of the Twin Tiers now have access to nationally accredited stroke care.
This distinction comes as the hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.
Dr. Matthew Quigley, Medical Director of Guthrie’s Stroke Program, said: “We are incredibly honored to receive this accreditation. When a person is having a stroke, minutes matter when it comes to outcomes. A stroke can be fatal or have devastating, life-altering effects, and the sooner that treatment is started, the better the likelihood of a positive outcome. Being named as a Primary Stroke Center ensures that if a patient in the Twin Tiers is having a stroke, they will be quickly transferred to a local regional center, rather than having to travel hundreds of miles. Guthrie is proud to be able to now offer our communities this life-saving option.”