Good Samaritan A Primary Stroke Center 
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 
West Palm Beach, FL  – Good Samaritan Medical Center has been approved as a Primary Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

This certification is based on the hospital’s advanced capabilities and protocols for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

“Being certified as a Primary Stroke Center is truly a great accomplishment for Good Samaritan and our community," said Mark Nosacka, Good Samaritan CEO. “This State designation reinforces Good Samaritan Medical Center’s strategic goal of achieving excellence in healthcare.” 

To earn the State Designation as a Primary Stroke Center certification, a hospital must undergo a voluntary, rigorous evaluation and demonstrate the critical elements necessary to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

In obtaining this designation Good Samaritan certified that it meets Joint Commission standards for primary stroke center certification. Certification is based on the recommendations for Primary Stroke Centers published by the Brain Attack coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care. 

According to the Joint Commission, Primary Stroke Center designation is considered the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality and safety. It also allows the public to identify which hospitals provide the best possible treatment and results for stroke patients. 

According to Mylissa Graber, M.D., Good Samaritan Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, stroke care services start in the ambulance and continue after discharge.

“Time is of the essence when treating stroke. The faster we can treat the patient, the better the patient’s chances for a complete recovery,” said Dr. Graber. “Our approach is designed to allow the Emergency Department staff to quickly diagnose stroke and begin the treatment within the three-hour ‘window’ in which it is most effective.” 

Studies show that stroke patients who receive care within three hours of the onset of symptoms have a greater chance of survival and fewer complications.
“We employ a multidisciplinary approach to stroke care,” adds Pat Torrico, Chief Nursing Officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center.  “This means our team of health care professionals, from physicians to nurses, pharmacists to radiologists, is specially educated to work in concert to quickly and effectively implement the appropriate plan of care.”
During their hospital stay, stroke patients receive services such as nursing care, respiratory care, drug therapy and rehabilitation services (physical, occupational and speech therapy) that are geared toward the unique needs of stroke patients.