T.J. Samson Community Hospital awarded Acute Stroke Ready Certification from The Joint Commission


T.J. Samson Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Acute Stroke Ready Certification.

T.J. Samson Community Hospital
underwent a rigorous onsite review in July 2019. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer with extensive clinical experience in acute stroke diagnosis and management evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program design and management as well as policies and procedures to facilitate guideline-based assessment and treatment. The reviewer conducted onsite observations and interviews with TJS physicians, nurses, and patient care services staff as part of the evaluation process.

“Acute Stroke Ready Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend T.J. Samson for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate T.J. Samson for this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

As part of the certification process, a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, EMS providers, patient care services such as radiology staff, and administrators prepared for more than a year to submit required materials, to evaluate processes, and to ensure that all quality standards were met at the highest level. Program leadership includes Ashley Gallagher, RN, as stroke coordinator, Sundown Clark, MHCM, BSN, RN, as ER nursing director, Dr. Kara Gilkey as ER director, and Dr. Eric Fisher as acute stroke ready medical director.

“This is exciting news for our organization, and it’s a testament to our mission of providing exceptional healthcare in our community,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “This is the result of an excellent team effort and it is a spectacular accomplishment for our growing health system.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

T.J. Regional Health, the parent system of multiple healthcare clinics, is anchored by T.J. Samson Community Hospital, a 196-bed acute-care facility with 16 skilled-care beds based in Glasgow that is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, and the T.J. Health Pavilion, which provides outpatient care and physician offices. T.J. Regional Health operates nine Rural Health Clinics in the South Central Kentucky region.


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