Genesis Awarded Primary Stroke Certification - Genesis HealthCare System - Zanesville, Ohio

Published on March 24, 2015

Genesis Awarded Primary Stroke Certification

Zanesville, OH – Genesis HealthCare System has been awarded Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Primary Stroke Certification serves as a notice that Genesis has the capacity to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care, and administer tPA and other acute therapies safely and efficiently.

“This certification signifies that Genesis has demonstrated and is clearly committed to providing excellent stroke care to its patients,” said Josh Prober, Chief Executive Officer of HFAP. “Hospitals that have established stroke centers have demonstrated improved treatment, better patient outcomes, and reduced costs. Moreover, Primary Stroke centers have the required infrastructure and protocols in place to stabilize and provide rapid and evidence-based care to acute stroke patients,” added Prober. 

HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006 and currently offers the most options for facilities seeking stroke care certification. HFAP is the nation’s only accreditation program that certifies the full Stroke Continuum – Stroke Ready, Primary Stroke and Comprehensive Stroke. HFAP stroke certification differs from other certification programs in that it provides a three-year certification award with a mid-cycle review at 18 months. In addition, for reimbursement eligibility, hospitals must submit quarterly clinical performance measures to the HFAP office and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In order to achieve Primary Stroke Certification, Genesis had to meet the following standards:

Primary Stroke Certification:

  • The program director must have extensive experience in acute stroke
  • Stroke code team arrival at bedside must be within 15 minutes
  • Lab testing and advanced imaging capabilities must be available 24/7
  • Must have access to neurologists 24/7
  • Must have neurosurgical expertise available or able to transfer patients within two hours
  • Must have a designation stroke unit
  • Staff must meet education requirements

“We are proud to achieve HFAP’s prestigious Primary Stroke Certification. Our staff has worked tirelessly to achieve this certification and it reflects our dedication to excellent patient care and service,” said Keela Barker, Director of Genesis Neurosciences. “In awarding us Primary Stroke Certification, HFAP has provided us with the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional stroke care we provide to our patients and our commitment to the well-being of our community and surrounding communities.”

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About HFAP:

The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This authority allows HFAP to provide accreditation to all hospitals, ambulatory care/surgical facilities, mental health facilities, physical rehabilitation facilities, clinical laboratories and critical access hospitals. HFAP's surveying process and standards benefit from oversight by a wide range of medical professionals, including both allopathic and osteopathic disciplines. The HFAP mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards.

HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006 and currently offers the most options for facilities seeking stroke care certification.

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated health care delivery system based in Southeastern Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; Centers of Excellence for Cancer Care, Heart & Vascular, Women’s, Emergency & Trauma, Neurosciences & Orthopedics; an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region.

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