Rome Health earns Primary Stroke Center designation

Rome Health has achieved designation by New York State as a primary stroke center and has been incorporated into the regional stroke emergency medical system of care.

As a primary stroke center, the hospital is capable of treating acute ischemic stroke with IV thrombolytics and supportive care.  About 87% of strokes are ischemic strokes caused by a blockage that decreases blood flow to the brain.

Following an onsite survey in December, the hospital achieved primary stroke certification through the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC).

Certification is a process through which healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Certification by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

“We extend our congratulations to the multidisciplinary team that developed our stroke program to improve the health outcomes for our community,” said Chief Quality Officer Scott Burns. “Becoming a designated stroke center is just another example of how

Rome Health is transforming community based healthcare to provide convenient access to the best care out there here.”

“In Oneida County, the stroke death rate for people 35 and older is higher than the state average.  Our goal is to improve patient outcomes by making stroke care more accessible,” said Stroke Medical Director Juleen Qandah, D.O. “When it comes to stroke treatment, every minute counts.  We need to restore blood flow to the brain as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of disability and death.”

According Stroke Coordinator Heather Perry, RN, community education to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke is a priority for the region. “If you’re having a stroke, it’s critical that you get medical attention right away,” she said.

If you think someone is having a stroke, think F.A.S.T., and call 911.

Face drooping on one side or numb

Arm weakness

Speech that’s slurred, difficulty speaking

T stands for time to call 911, even if the symptoms go away.

Additional symptoms of stroke include sudden numbness, sudden confusion, sudden trouble walking or sudden severe headache with no known cause.

About ACHC

ACHC is a nonprofit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is ISO 9001:2015 certified and has CMS deeming authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS.

About Rome Health

Rome Health is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York.  From primary and specialty care to long-term care, Rome Health delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life.  We are a comprehensive health care system that connects you to the best clinicians and the latest technologies so they are easily accessible to you and your family.  Rome Health is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.