The Pen Bay Medical Center Stroke Program underwent a rigorous on site review in early November. A Joint Commission expert reviewed the programs’ compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care program as well as primary stroke center requirements. The program achieved recertification from the Joint Commission, an independent overseer of medical care quality, its third since original certification in 2007.
One of four Primary Stroke Centers in the state of Maine and one of 1000 nationwide, the Pen Bay Stroke Program displays 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 signals to the community that the care given to stroke patients at Pen Bay meets the highest national standards. It provides tangible demonstration of the Pen Bay stroke program’s commitment to excellence and recognition of its ability to meet scrupulous criteria for managing stroke care.
Pen Bay neurologists Dr. Robert Stein, Dr. Stephanie Lash, Dr. Alexandra Degenhardt and stroke program coordinator Eileen Hawkins collaborate with community members and providers from all points in the healthcare continuum to meet the Joint Commission’s standards and guidelines. Hawkins notes that “This achievement is truly the result of strong, coordinated system-wide efforts that are supported by a committed administration and excellent clinicians. Primary Stroke Center certification gives us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional care we provide for our patients.”
Pen Bay cares for approximately 160 stroke patients each year. The Pen Bay Stroke Program helps ensure that the hospital continues to make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients through improved efficiency of patient care, fewer post stroke complications, increased use of acute stroke therapies, improved long-term outcomes, reduced costs and increased patient and family satisfaction.