Pennock Hospital

Spectrum Health Pennock Receives Primary Stroke Certification

September 28, 2022

Spectrum Health Pennock has received Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission. This announcement followed rigorous evaluation, including a June 17 on-site survey at the hospital.

The Primary Stroke Center Certification acknowledges that Spectrum Health Pennock has the resources and processes to care for acute stroke patients with goals to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

“I am proud of the teams of specialized individuals who have come together to allow Spectrum Health Pennock to achieve its primary stroke certification from The Joint Commission,” said emergency physician Brian Queen, M.D. “This was a collaborative effort utilizing cutting edge technology, efficient processes and extensive experience and training, through which we can provide excellent stroke care to our communities. I am humbled to have been a part of this process, as we continually work to ensure that the care of our patients and their families remain top priority. Attaining this certification and the care that it reflects, is just one more necessary step in demonstrating our commitment to providing high level medical care in Barry County.”

Spectrum Health Pennock also participates in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines,” a hospital program aimed at improving acute stroke treatment and prevention of stroke and cardiovascular events. The guidelines focus on quick diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients through evidence-based medicine and comparative data for quality improvement.

“I am so proud of our teams who, day in and day out, display tremendous collaboration and dedication in providing outstanding care to our stroke patients and our community,” said Chari Kemp, director of clinical nursing. “The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification affirms the exemplary stroke care we are providing at Spectrum Health Pennock.”

Local donors also helped in the achievement, as the 2021 Julep Gala that raised over $57,000 to help pay for the clinical training, equipment and community education required for the certification.

“This is another wonderful example of our donors investing in the hospital, which in turn gives back to the community by providing critical, life-saving care,” said Janine Dalman, executive director of Spectrum Health Foundation Pennock.

Learn more about Spectrum Health’s stroke program at

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