UK’s Stroke Program receives national distinction from the American Stroke Association

Published 07-08-2010 9:05 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  



Dr. L. Creed Pettigrew, Lisa Bellamy,  and Dr. Michael Dobbs receive the Silver Plus Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association.

The American Stroke Association / American Heart Association has recognized the UK stroke program with a Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award.  The silver status is a step up from last year’s bronze distinction.

To reach silver status the UK Stroke Program complied with 85% or more of all the American Stroke Association’s achievement indicators for 12 consecutive months. The group also scored 75% or higher on six out of 10 stroke quality measures.   Guidelines range from encouraging physicians to use aggressive medications to urging patients to put down the cigarettes.  Education is a big part of the program. Physicians are urged to help patients understand stroke risk factors to prevent a second heart attack or stroke.  

“UK HealthCare is to be commended,” said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, chair of the “Get With The Guidelines” national steering committee. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

According to the American Heart Association every 45 seconds someone suffers from a stroke. UK Healthcare is proving to be a place for excellent care.

“It took a village,” said Lisa Bellamy, UK's stroke program coordinator. “We had a good village.”

The award is part of the American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” campaign -- a campaign that hopes to improve stroke patient care.


“It’s emblematic of the care patients receive at UK,” said Dr. Richard Lofgren, the vice president for healthcare operations and chief clinical officer for UK HealthCare.

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