Good Samaritan has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Stroke Center Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance
with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that
reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe
and quality patient care.
The Stroke Services Department underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite
review on August 30, 2021. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission
reviewers evaluated compliance with Good Samaritan’s Stroke Center
standards spanning several areas including: deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis,
completion of a dysphagia screen, antithrombotic therapy, anticoagulation
therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation, thrombolytic therapy (administering
thrombolytic medication <60 minutes from the time the patient arrived),
statin medication at discharge, smoking cessation, assessment for rehabilitation
(physical, occupational, and speech therapies), and stroke education.
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with
health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They
are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health
care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors
also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care
organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care
and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably
as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer,
Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive,
The Joint Commission. “We commend Good Samaritan for its continuous
quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”
Initially, Good Samaritan was supposed to go through an in-person survey
the summer of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey was pushed
back a year. During this time, the Stroke Services Department was able
to change and update processes, disseminate stroke data, reached out and
formed a relationship with EMS, reached out to the community, created
a Cardiac Rehab for Stroke patients pilot program, and rolled out a new
tele-stroke program with University of Louisville.
“I am very proud of our Stroke Services team for everything we have
accomplished to demonstrate and certify our commitment to those impacted
by stroke in Knox and surrounding counties in Indiana and Illinois,”
said Erika Watts, Stroke Program Coordinator at Good Samaritan.
For more information, please visit
The Joint Commission website.