NY Stroke Centers: Jones Memorial Hospital
Jones Memorial Hospital should obtain NY Stroke Center Designation.
Jones Memorial Hospital was recognized as Top Performer in 2013. The recognition was for their pneumonia and surgical care. Now, Jones Memorial Hospital should become one of few NY Stroke Centers in New York.
NY Stroke Centers: Application Process
To become one of the designated NY Stroke Centers, Jones Memorial Hospital applied to the New York State Department of Health. The New York State Dept. of Health is in Rensselaer, New York. A blank copy of the NYS application is online.
In the application to become one of the NY Stroke Centers the hospital had to name its Stroke Medical Director. The hospital had to identify their stroke team of qualified doctors. The application required the hospital to identify its stroke physician assistants. The hospital had to identify its nurse practitioners and registered nurses.
To obtain Stroke Center status, the hospital identified the education and background of all staff members that will care for stroke victims. Jones Memorial had to identify the pre-hospital staff. Pre hospital staff refers to the emergency medical service members and other professionals that will care for stroke patients.
To become one of the NY Stroke Centers, the Jones Memorial must be capable of handling stroke victims. They must be able to treat stroke victims 24 hours a day seven days a week. The care must include at least two beds. There must be monitoring equipment for stroke victims. They must have neural imaging services, lab services and available neurosurgeons.
Jones Memorial Hospital submitted quality data about time targets and performance measures. In New York, a hospital seeking become one of the NY Stroke Centers must participate in a New York State registry.
NY Stroke Centers: Requirements
Hospitals seeking the Stroke designation must develop policies and protocols specifically for treating stroke victims. The policies and protocols must be tested. They must confirm that they rapidly activate an acute stroke team. New York State requires plans that show that the hospital’s staff will be at the stroke victims’ bedsides within 15 minutes.
New York State requires specific training in caring for stroke victims. The hospital must continue to educate the members of the team. Continuing education insures that the hospital’s stroke staff stays aware of the latest medical care for victims of stroke.
The New York State application had to be signed by Jones Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Eva Benedict.
When Jones Memorial is approved, it will become the 120th designated stroke center in New York.
NY Stroke Centers: Hospital Advertising
When Jones Memorial Hospital becomes one of the NY Stroke Centers, it will be able to advertise itself as a Designated Stroke Center. Other hospitals and emergency medical service may begin directing patients to Jones Memorial Hospital when they think a patient suffered a stroke.
NY Stroke Centers: Why Did Jones Memorial Seek Stroke Center Status?
At Strokelaw.com, we hope that the designation as a Stroke Center was sought by Jones Memorial Hospital so that upstate New York residents will get better & faster care after suffering a stroke.
However, it was reported in March of 2014 that Jones Memorial Hospital “…has struggled in the last two years with lower occupancy rates….and declining reimbursements…”
We hope that Jones Memorial Hospital’s decision to seek the New York State Stroke Center designation is not motivated by money.
Whether Jones Memorial Hospital obtains it stroke designation for money or to render better care to people, it is good to know that this area of New York will have a designated stroke center before the end of the 2015 summer.