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About The Stroke Center

The Stroke Center at Penn State Health St. Joseph is a Certified Primary Stroke Center fully equipped and committed to caring for the unique and specialized needs of the patient during a stroke emergency.


The Power of Partnerships: LionNet

We’ve partnered with Penn State Hershey to offer TeleStroke via LionNet, a program designed to improve patient care by way of telemedicine. The TeleStroke program provides real-time remote audio-visual access to a neurological consult with a stroke neurologist or neurosurgeon. When a suspected stroke patient arrives at our emergency department (ED), the ED provider calls the TeleStroke number and is connected to a stroke expert. Using a sophisticated computer system and a webcam, Penn State Hershey physicians provide consultation, examine the patient, review scans, and speak to the patient and family in real-time. A treatment recommendation is made and the local ED physician determines the best course of action

The patient benefits through faster treatments – without being transported to another hospital – leading to improved recovery.

For more information on LionNet TeleStroke program, click here

Awards & Accreditations

Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center

The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services the provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes

American Heart Association 2017 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus

Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Developed with the goal to save lives and hasten recovery, Get With The Guidelines programs have touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001.

Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating (heart failure or stroke) patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 24 consecutive months. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (four out of nine heart failure quality measures or seven out of ten stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.

FAST The Key to Surviving Stroke

Watch as host Mike Jupina talks with Project Impact Nurse Kristin Miller BSN, RN and Emergency Dept. Clinical Coordinator Karen Stauffer RN discuss risk factors, signs and symptoms of Stroke and what to expect during the hospital experience for stroke patients.

Stroke Smarts

A stroke is a medical emergency. Being “stroke smart” enables you to know and control your risk factors.

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Heart Valve Problems
  • Smoking
  • Elevated Blood Cholesterol Levels
  • Carotid Artery Disease

Controlling these risk factors may reduce the possibility of having a stroke. Please call your physician so they may advise you about any changes you may need to make. Every patient needs to have an individualized plan of care developed in order to help prevent a stroke from occurring.

Stroke Support Group

The Stroke Support Group is open to all stroke survivors, families and caregivers. It is an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and strength, increase education and awareness surrounding strokes, mini strokes and TIA’s. Registration is not required and the Stroke Support Group is free to join and open to the community. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month. It will be held in Room #1126 (first floor, 1 North conference room) at St. Joseph Medical Center from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Call 610-378-2492 610-378-2492 for more information

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