Kamsheh Leads UM Shore Regional Health Primary Stroke Center

For immediate release: October 09, 2017

Walid Kamsheh, MD has assumed the position of medical director of the Primary Stroke Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. The announcement of Dr. Kamsheh's appointment followed the departure of Terry P. Detrick, MD, the Center's medical director, in late September.

A member of the UM Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) Medical Staff since 1989, Dr. Kamsheh practices neurology and sleep medicine, and has been an innovator in meeting the neurological care needs of patients in the five-county region served by UM SRH.

"I am very excited to lead the continued outstanding care and treatment offered in our Primary Stroke Center," Dr. Kamsheh says. "In the Center's recent recognition from the American Stroke Association (ASA), we learned that in terms of meeting and exceeding the benchmarks for the Association's ‘Gold Plus’ designation and its ‘Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus,’ we are way ahead of stroke centers in many large, metropolitan hospitals. Our community is very fortunate that Shore Regional Health's Stroke Center has an outstanding team of physicians, nurses, therapists and techs who achieved this level of excellence and who work so well with our hospitalists and our ED physicians and staff."

According to the ASA, hospitals earning the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and have achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. Hospital stroke centers achieving the Target Stroke: Honor Roll Elite Plus designation have demonstrated success in meeting quality measures to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the drug, Alteplase.

 In addition to maintaining the ASA's Gold Plus designation, Kamsheh hopes to provide more community education about the risks and signs of stroke, and the life-saving services and recovery resources offered by the Stroke Center. "We have an older population here on the Shore, and stroke risks increase with age, so it is very important that we get information out as widely as possible," Dr. Kamsheh notes.

Walid Kamsheh, MD

Shown at the celebration of the Primary Stroke Center's recognition from the American Stroke Association are Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Diane Walbridge, director of Acute Care and Emergency Services, UM SRH;  Amanda Davani, director, Quality and Systems Improvement, MD & DC AHA/ASA; Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and CNO, UM SRH; Jennifer Miles, manager, Neuroscience Unit; Terry Detrich, MD, former medical director of the Primary Stoke Center;  Nicole Leonard, neuroscience specialist - stroke coordinator; and Walid Kamsheh, MD, medical director, Primary Stroke Center.