UK Stroke Center Partners with Georgetown
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2008) − The University of Kentucky Comprehensive Stroke Center has partnered with Georgetown Community Hospital to help develop the first community-based stroke program in the region. The partnership is designed to provide the highest quality clinical care, along with educational programs, to the Georgetown Hospital staff as well as the entire Georgetown community.
The relationship between these hospitals allows patients to receive the best possible care during the early moments of a stroke when diagnosis and administering rapid treatment are extremely important.
Each year more than 780,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke which means a stroke occurs about every 40 seconds. Stroke is the nation's third largest killer and is the leading cause of serious long-term disability that requires full time care.
"Stroke is an especially serious problem for Kentucky," said UK neurologist and medical director of the UK-Georgetown Community Hospital Stroke Affiliation, Dr. Michael Dobbs. "We are thrilled to partner with Georgetown Community Hospital to improve stroke care for the citizens of Scott County."
Georgetown has made a strong commitment to providing current and clinically effective stroke care for their community. UK will support Georgetown's efforts by providing clinical guidance and oversight, making sure that stroke patients entering Georgetown's hospital receive the right treatment at the right time. A dedicated team of UK stroke center's stroke neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-radiologists, and nurses will be available to provide ongoing clinical and educational support to Georgetown.
"We are proud to be the first affiliate hospital with the UK stroke center," said Georgetown Community Hospital CEO, Barry Papania. "Our affiliation sets standard protocol for stroke identification and treatment, thus saving lives of the 100-plus patients per year that suffer some type of stroke event in Scott County. This is one more example of how Georgetown Community Hospital works to give the best care to the population of Scott County."
UK Chandler Hospital was the first hospital in the region to earn distinction as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. UK's stroke center provides comprehensive care including extensive surgical capabilities to handle the most complex stroke cases. The center's capabilities include the Merci Retrieval System, which is the first medical device approved by the FDA to remove blood clots from the brains of stroke patients. The retriever device can be used on those patients who are ineligible for tPA treatment and has been used successfully on patients up to eight hours after the onset of symptoms, extending the treatment window significantly.
Dobbs said community hospitals can benefit from stroke care partnerships because it makes the resources of major stroke care centers available to their patients and staff.
"UK, a large academic medical center, has the most full-time stroke neurologists of any hospital in the state and the only dedicated stroke care unit in the region," Dobbs said. "Being treated in a stroke care unit at a stroke center improves a patient's chance of a good outcome."
Georgetown Community Hospital is a 75-bed acute care facility with an award-winning history of providing excellence in health care. Georgetown Community Hospital has been named a "Solucient 100 Top Hospital" three times in recent years, and has been ranked one of the "Best Places To Work in Kentucky" four consecutive years.