Cayuga Medical Center Awarded Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission

Cayuga Medical Center, a member of Cayuga Health, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification.

“We are very proud of all the work our team has done to earn Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification,” says Dr. Martin Stallone, President, and CEO for Cayuga Health.  “This certification shows our staff’s dedication to continually improving care for our patients, especially in situations – like stroke – where seconds matter.”

Cayuga Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in September. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

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

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

Some of actions Cayuga Medical Center took in preparation for the Certification survey included choosing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, updating stroke order sets and policies to reflect those best practices, adopting new interactive and engaging stroke education for nursing staff, and creating an online repository of stroke information for staff.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website or

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