Waynesboro Hospital Stroke Team members Clint Pentz, Joe Nadzady, Linda Henry, Pepper Ridilla Alison Greifzu, Nichole Smith, (Stroke Coordinator), Tawny Jackson (American Heart Association), Dr. Sanjay Dhar, (Stroke Program Medical Director), and Jill Keller-Reyka accept the award.
Thursday, June 11, 2015

WAYNESBORO, Pa. – Waynesboro Hospital was awarded the Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Waynesboro Hospital is doing a great job,” said Tawny Jackson, director of quality improvement initiatives – Great Rivers Affiliate for the American Heart/American Stroke Association, who presented the award.

“It’s important for the community to know they can get great care at their local community hospital.”

Get With the Guidelines – Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Nichole Smith, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Waynesboro Hospital.

“Waynesboro Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”

According to the AHA/ASA, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

More information about stroke services at Summit Health is available online at www.SummitHealth.org/stroke.

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.

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