Delaware County Memorial Hospital Awarded Recertification for Advanced Primary Stroke Program - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Press Releases

Published on October 14, 2014

Delaware County Memorial Hospital Awarded Recertification for Advanced Primary Stroke Program

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
(610) 284-8619

Joint Commission Gold Seal

DREXEL HILL, Pa. – In the case of a stroke, quick, precise treatment in a state-of-the-art setting is critical. Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) in Drexel Hill was again recognized as a Disease-Specific Care Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission setting it among the elite providers of complex stroke care.

“By achieving this advanced certification, DCMH has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends DCMH for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

First certified in 2007, DCMH was the first primary stroke center to be awarded the honor in Delaware and Chester counties. “We made a commitment almost ten years ago to pursue excellence in stroke care,” says Joseph Lubeck, D.O., medical director of the stroke program at DCMH. “That commitment has resulted in more favorable outcomes for our patients. At the same time, we are not content to rest on our laurels and we are always trying to improve our process.”

During this most recent review, the hospital demonstrated its excellence with a rigorous site visit that included discussions with all personnel involved in stroke care and patients, as well as a review of patient charts.

Certification requires a specially trained and experienced stroke team onsite, availability of neurosurgical services around the clock, advanced imaging capabilities, established diagnosis and care protocols, and close coordination between the emergency department and emergency transport. DCMH has gone beyond the requirements by offering patients a dedicated stroke unit as well as other clinical measures. During the site visit, the reviewer noted that DCMH had an exceptional record for completing CT scans and delivering the clot-busting medication t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator) in a timely manner. (The Joint Commission recommends t-PA be administered within three hours of the onset of symptoms in order to avoid the loss of brain tissue and permanent disability.)

Nobody understands the importance of speedy care more than Upper Darby resident Regina Frost, who was admitted to DCMH with a stroke the evening before the review process. “I was watching TV at home and very suddenly I felt my leg go out. I had my daughter call the ambulance and the next thing I knew I was in the emergency room at DCMH,” Frost says. Doctors administered t-PA, but while she was being treated in the Emergency Room, Frost suffered a heart attack. The multidisciplinary team acted fast to stabilize her and she spent three days in the intensive care unit.

While in the hospital, Frost enthusiastically shared her good experience with every staff member and visitor that she interacted with. Now back at home after a complete recovery, Frost is grateful she was cared for in a certified stroke center. “Nobody wants to have either a stroke or a heart attack, but if you have to have one, I can’t imagine a better place to go for treatment,” she says.

“This case was a perfect example of why teamwork and experience matter so much in stroke care,” says Suzanne Hefton, R.N., stroke coordinator for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “We always have to be ready for whatever comes our way.”

DCMH is a member of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. For more information about stroke and stroke services at Crozer-Keystone, visit

Related Locations

eNewsletter Signup

Our eNewsletters from Crozer-Keystone Health System help keep you up-to-date on your health and well being. View recent editions or sign up to receive our free eNewsletters.