Georgetown Hospital gets ‘Top Performer’ honor

Pictured left to right: Doug Gindling, PhD (Director of Pharmacy for GCH), Robert Ball (Paramedic for GSCEMS), Larry Pierce, RT(R) (Director of Radiology for GCH), Natalie Guerra (EMT for GSCEMS), Erica Calulot, RN, BSN (Emergency Department Nurse for GCH), Audra Byers, RN, BSN, CCRN, CCRP, CHFN (Director of Cardiovascular Services & Accreditation for GCH), Corey Wood (Assistant Director for GSCEMS), Billiejean Kendrick, RN, BSN (Market Cardiovascular Services Coordinator), Jaclyn Scalf, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT) (Computed Tomography (CT) Technician for GCH), Melissa Smith, DO (Neurologist and Medical Director for Stroke Program at GCH) and Chris Runyon (Director for GSCEMS)

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare – Stroke Care Network has recognized Georgetown Community Hospital (GCH) with its Top Performer Award for the hospital’s work in improving stroke care for its patients.

The award was virtually presented to GCH stroke program coordinator, Billiejean Kendrick, BSN, RN at the Network’s annual summit meeting on October 2. Larry Goldstein, MD, interim director of the Stroke Care Network, praised Georgetown Community Hospital for their dedication to excellence in stroke care.

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The Top Performer Award is given to affiliate hospitals who demonstrate outstanding improvements in stroke quality measures and improved stroke treatment times.

“Georgetown Community Hospital’s commitment to quality improvement and coordination of resources to provide their patients with the highest quality stroke care is to be commended,” declared Dr. Goldstein. “Everyone’s goal is to provide the best care for stroke patients as close to home as possible and Georgetown Community Hospital’s efforts embody that principle.”

“We are committed to our mission of Making Communities Healthier® on a daily basis. Being awarded Top Performer is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our clinical team and community partners, who continue to work collaboratively to ensure our hospital is prepared to provide high quality care to patients when brain attacks strike,” said Billiejean Kendrick, BSN, RN. “Georgetown Community Hospital’s top priority is to provide quality healthcare close to home, and this award demonstrates our efforts to further improve quality, enhance safety and lead the way to better health for our community.”

UK HealthCare and Norton Brownsboro Hospital are certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as Comprehensive Stroke Centers, which is the highest honor awarded to stroke centers.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

As an affiliate in the Stroke Care Network, Georgetown Community Hospital, a certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospital, has access to Norton Healthcare and UK HealthCare’s expertise and resources, which – when combined with GCH’s own excellent stroke care – helps the hospital to offer its patients the best stroke care possible.

Georgetown Community Hospital, part of LifePoint Health, is a 75-bed, acute care facility with a wide range of both inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency medicine, general/robotic surgery, oncology/hematology, orthopedics, radiology, bariatrics, rehabilitation services, women’s services and women’s imaging (including 3D mammography).