DNV Certified Primary Stroke CenterHARRIS, NY (May 26, 2023) - Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills is pleased to announce that it has received certification as a Primary Stroke Center from DNV, a global independent certification, assurance and risk management provider. This certification affirms the hospital’s readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related diagnosis and treatments.  

“This certification lets our community know we have the resources and commitment to provide the best possible stroke care,” says Jerry Dunlavey, Interim President and CEO, Garnet Health. “It’s a combination of the right equipment and highly experienced personnel, who are trained to quickly assess and treat strokes. Achieving certification validates all the effort we have put into this program to ensure the health and safety of our patients.”

The DNV Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that Garnet Health addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. 

Jerry Dunlavey"We can proudly say both of our hospitals, Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills are fully certified as primary stroke centers,” said Dunlavey. “We understand that reducing strokes in Orange and Sullivan counties means providing advanced, evidence-based diagnosis and treatment for stroke. Both our Harris and Middletown Campus facilities are nationally recognized for our excellence and for performing at the highest level.”

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. Because stroke or “brain attack” effects blood flow to the brain, rapid and effective treatment can save lives and provide the best chance of limiting the extent of long-term damage.

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About Garnet Health

Garnet Health is a New York State, not-for-profit Corporation headquartered in Middletown, New York, approximately 60 miles northwest of New York City. It is the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills. Garnet Health is dedicated to developing specialty services, medical programs and needed healthcare services that allow residents to remain close to home to receive quality care.

Providing healthcare to approximately 450,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, Garnet Health was designed to improve the quality, stability and efficiency of healthcare services in the mid-Hudson and Catskill region. Garnet Health provides services by more than 4,000 employed professionals and over 850 medical staff members. An academic affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garnet Health retains compassionate professionals who continually strive toward the hospital’s mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional healthcare. To learn more about Garnet Health, visit

About DNV

DNV is a global independent certification, assurance and risk management provider, operating in more than 100 countries. Through its broad experience and deep expertise, DNV advances safety and sustainable performance, sets industry benchmarks, and drives innovative solutions. 
Whether certifying a company’s management system or products, accrediting hospitals, providing training, assessing supply chains or digital assets, DNV enables customers and stakeholders to make critical decisions with confidence, continually improve and realize long-term strategic goals sustainably. 

DNV draws on its wide technical and industry expertise to help companies worldwide build consumer and stakeholder trust. Driven by its purpose, to safeguard life, property, and the environment, DNV helps tackle the challenges and global transformations facing its customers and the world today and is a trusted voice for many of the world’s most successful and forward-thinking companies.

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