Guthrie Receives National Stroke Recognition

Sep 30, 2016

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has been named a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. This recognition means that the communities of the Twin Tiers now have access to nationally accredited stroke care.

This distinction comes as the hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Hospitals named as Primary Stroke Centers must have a high skilled, coordinated stroke team which involves clinicians in emergency services, radiology, surgery, and the hospitalist program. For a patient experiencing a stroke, the quicker and more targeted the response, the greater the chance of a full recovery.

Dr. Matthew Quigley, Co-Chairman of Guthrie’s Neurosciences division said: “We are incredibly honored to receive this accreditation. When a person is having a stroke, minutes matter when it comes to outcomes. A stroke can be fatal or have devastating, life-altering effects, and the sooner that treatment is started, the better the likelihood of a positive outcome. Being named as a Primary Stroke Center ensures that if a patient in the Twin Tiers is having a stroke, they will be quickly transferred to a local regional center, rather than having to travel hundreds of miles. Guthrie is proud to be able to now offer our communities this life-saving option.”

The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in July 2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.


Representatives from Guthrie’s Stroke care team including neuroscience, the hospitalist program, radiology, emergency medicine, information services, clinical outcomes, research and pharmacy.

Stroke team physicians

Guthrie Stroke Team providers from left to right: Dr. Venkata Jasti, Lead Hospitalist; Dr. Joseph Ronsivalle, Chairman, Medical Imaging/ Interventional Radiology; Dr. Marc Harris, Chairman, Emergency Medicine; Dr. Mathew Quigley, Stroke Program Medical Director; and Dr. Peter Parken, Guthrie Corning Hospital Stroke Medical Director. 

Missing from photo: Dr. Russell Burkett, referring Lead Emergency Department Provider at Guthrie Troy Hospital and Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kim Rickert, Endovascular Neurosurgeon and Dr. Michael Meyer,Co-Director of Neuorscience