Published: 04/26/2013

Evangelical Community Hospital Accredited as a Primary Stroke Center

Evangelical Community Hospital has been accredited by DNV Healthcare Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center. The accreditation is a national endorsement of the excellence of Evangelical’s existing, full-spectrum stroke program.
As part of the accreditation process, DNV assessed patient care settings involved with stroke care including EMS teams, inpatient units, outpatient settings, emergency department, imaging services, and rehabilitation associated with stroke care. DNV evaluated all areas of the program including patient outcomes and processes, care and services, and clinical and staff records.
Cynthia Anderson, Primary Stroke Coordinator at Evangelical said, “All of the staff involved with stroke care underwent rigorous training programs on the latest in stroke symptoms and treatment in the months leading to accreditation and certification. These countless hours of education make it possible for everyone involved with stroke care to be on the same page with each and every stroke patient.”
Each year, more than 795,000 people experience a stroke, making it the nation's fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. The initial care received by a patient in the early stages of stroke determines the extent to which the resulting damage will affect the rest of the patient’s life.
As a Primary Stroke Center, Evangelical demonstrates its commitment to excellence in stroke treatment. Certified Primary Stroke Centers offer 24/7 multidisciplinary care including emergency medicine, laboratory, radiology and neurosurgery consultation. At Evangelical’s primary stroke center, patient-centered care continues from inpatient care through rehabilitation services and is overseen by neurologist John E. Rice, MD, as medical director.
“From the emergency personnel responding to the 911 call of a stroke patient to the rehabilitation required to get back to living after being affected by stroke, the certification of the stroke program at Evangelical affirms the commitment we have to taking our excellent existing programs to the next level,” said James Craven, Associate VP of Cardiovascular services.
DNV stroke certification program incorporates elements from NIAHO® (National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations) hospital accreditation standards, as well as requirements from the Guidelines of Brain Attack Coalition, and Recommendations of the American Stroke Association.
About Evangelical Community Hospital:
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.
About DNV Healthcare:
DNV Healthcare Inc. is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a part of Det Norske Veritas, a global independent foundation dedicated to safeguarding life, property and the environment. For more information about DNV Healthcare and its NIAHOR hospital accreditation program, visit