Huntington Hospital Adds Accreditations in Stroke, Cancer Care

Huntington Hospital has received accreditation in two areas of care, becoming the first hospital in the Northwell Health system to achieve the recognition.

The hospital is also the first on Long Island to be recognized as part of the National Accredited Program for Rectal Cancer, with just 50 other hospitals nationwide receiving this accreditation.

 Accreditation is provided by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and is approved through July 2024.

A multidisciplinary team, led by Dr. Shirley Shih ,was reviewed in 22 areas of care, covering surgery, radiology, pathology, radiation medicine and medical oncology.

The hospital was also designated a primary New York State Stroke Center, awarded the gold seal of approval.

“These are two significant accreditations,” Dr. Nick Fitterman, executive director of Huntington Hospital, said. The review leading to the accreditation looked at measures of care on the floor, he said.

The stroke accreditation “indicates to ambulance crews that  you bring them to a stroke center,” Fitterman said. With time of the essence,  patients can be brought to Huntington first to be stabilized and then, if necessary, moved to another facility for futher specialized treatment.  “You should not  bypass a stroke center,” he said. “What this says to me is, if you have a stroke in Huntingon, you have a stroke center in your backyard.”

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