The Kentucky Neuroscience Institute integrates the expertise of UK's neurology and neurosurgery physicians and researchers. KNI is a regional referral center dedicated to providing comprehensive care to our patients.
The UK Neuro-Oncology Clinic offers an integrated, multispecialty program for diagnosis and treatment of patients with primary and secondary center nervous system tumors.
The clinic provides quick evaluation, treatment expertise and access to new therapies and clinical trials all under one roof. The multispecialty program allows patients to see a neurosurgeon, neuro-oncologist and radiation medicine experts in one visit, saving more time for patients and doctors. Learn more about the Neuro-Oncology Clinic.
Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. KNI was the first health care center in the region to offer the Merci®Retrieval System , a leading-edge tool for removing potentially lethal blood clots in the brain. The stroke center at UK Chandler Hospital was the first in the region to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2013) - UK HealthCare's Stroke Program has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the program’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, the UK HealthCare Stroke Program achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the UK HealthCare Stroke Program is committed commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Dr. Michael Dobbs, interim chair and service chief of neurology. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”
These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke Award, the UK HealthCare Stroke Program has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s "Target: Stroke Honor Roll" for improving stroke care.
Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.
"The UK HealthCare Stroke Program is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “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.”
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
Through Get With The Guidelines–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
“The time is right for the UK HealthCare Stroke Program to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines–Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients in Kentucky eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to higher rates of high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes compared to other areas of the country according to data from the Centers for Disease Control,” said Dr. Jessica Lee, medical director of the UK HealthCare Stroke Program.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2013) — The UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network is hosting a one-day conference Saturday focusing on the advanced quality currently available in stroke care.
This conference, titled "Distinction - Beyond The Measures," will give the learner a broad perspective, emphasizing safe, effective and patient-centered care.
The event will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.
Topics move past the quality indicators to examine aspects of value in stroke care including quality and access throughout the stroke care continuum.
Attendees will then be able to use this information in their own practice to strive for achievement of conscientious symptom management, and patient outcomes including appropriate self-care, functional independence, demonstration of health-promoting behaviors, health-related quality of life and having a perception of being well cared for.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
Dr. James M. Gebel Jr. of the Akron General Medical Center in Ohio will give the keynote address, titled "NIH Stroke Scale Score: Past Development, Present Applications and Future Opportunities."
Following a morning of speaker presentations, breakout sessions will focus on areas including physician quality and rehabilitation quality.
The conference is open to administrators, physicians, physician assistants, fellows, residents, ARNPs, registered nurses, interns, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, students, stroke survivors, stroke caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about stroke.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.cecentral.com/live/6723.
Participants will also be able to register at the door.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2013) — UK HealthCare will present its fifth annual "Women, It’s About You" conference Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Embassy Suites in Lexington.
The conference is designed to educate women with the most up-to-date health care information in a fun, relaxed setting. This year's conference will feature 15 presentations on the following women's health topics. Participants may attend any three presentations of their choice.
· Menopause, presented by Dr. Kathy Dillon
· Memory and aging, presented by Dr. Gregory Jicha
· Women's heart health, presented by Dr. Susan Smyth
· Eye health, presented by Dr. Eric Higgins
· Physical fitness, presented by Richard Watson
· Gynecologic cancer, presented by Dr. Lauren Baldwin
· Financial abuse of women, presented by Susan Lawrence
· Weight loss, presented by Dr. Stephanie Rose
· Skin care and cosmetic procedures, presented by Dr. Amit Patel
· Stroke, presented by Lisa Bellamy
· Diabetes, presented by Sheri Legg and Beth Holden
· Nutrition, presented by Rachel Miller
· Mammography, presented by Dr. Margaret Szabunio
· Pelvic Prolapse, presented by Drs. Rudy Tovar and Mark Hoffman
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of health screenings, including blood pressure and stroke risk assessment, visual acuity, facial skin analysis, and more. The event also includes a continental breakfast, a delicious luncheon with entertainment, giveaways and an exhibitor fair featuring a variety of products and services for women from businesses and organizations throughout Central Kentucky.
The cost for this event is $10 and the deadline to register is Friday, May 17. Register online today.
• Sudden numbness or weakness affecting one side of the body
• Slurred speech, trouble forming words or understanding what other people are saying to you
• Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, or sudden double vision
• Sudden room-spinning vertigo or sudden acute headache
Most people think pain is a symptom of stroke, but unlike heart attacks, most strokes do not hurt.
Many times, when people have sudden weakness or numbness, they think they have slept wrong or have just “overdone it.” So they wait for those feelings to disappear. Stroke sufferers cannot afford to wait. For every minute there is loss of blood flow to the brain, about one million brain cells are lost.
Those first minutes and hours are critical. It is important to get to the hospital as soon as possible, and ideally, to one that specializes in stroke care. Hospitals have intravenous, clot-busting drugs that can <?xml:namespace prefix = owc /> help re-open blood vessels and restore blood flow to brain arteries.
In comprehensive stroke centers, specialized, state-of-the-art treatments are available. In some cases, a mechanical clot retriever inserted through a catheter breaks up the clot. In others, medications are delivered directly to brain arteries.
While some stroke sufferers experience a degree of disability, the vast majority experience some recovery from it. Rehabilitation is very important for return of function, and the sooner the better.
Doctors previously thought stroke sufferers only had a short time to recover from a stroke. In reality, we now know that recovery continues beyond a year or more, and the more you work on it, the better you get.
Dr. Jessica Lee is medical director of the stroke program at UK HealthCare.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2013) -- Dr. Jessica D. Lee has been named UK HealthCare Medical Director of Stroke Care. Dr. Lee assumes the responsibilities formerly held by Dr. Michael Dobbs.
In her new role, Dr. Lee will work with members of the enterprise stroke leadership team on maintaining compliance with stroke core measures, stroke center certification, and other quality initiatives in stroke care.
Over the last three years, the stroke program has excelled in core measure compliance to receive the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Award 3 times for quality of care, underwent a successful Primary Stroke Center recertification with The Joint Commission, and has improved to be a national leader in stroke survival, length of stay, and readmission.
"We feel strongly that Dr. Lee has the skills to ensure a smooth transition as we continue to focus on our mission – improving the stroke care UK HealthCare provides," said Dobbs, interim chair of the UK Department of Neurology.
Lee attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is a fellowship-trained vascular neurologist with a strong background in patient safety. Since 2009, she has been actively involved in the American Academy of Neurology's Patient Safety and Education Committees. She has spoken regionally and nationally on "Patient Safety 101 for Neurologists" and has worked to develop curricula for neurology residency training programs.
Lee was the medical director of the Parkland Health and Hospital Systems Neurology Clinic. From 2010-2012 she was named the medical director of the Acute Stroke Unit and 5th Floor Medical-Surgical Unit of the University Hospital-Zale Lipshy. In this role, she, along with nursing leadership, improved hand washing compliance of the physician staff to 100 percent as well as completed a successful Meaningful Use implementation with the stroke related measures. From 2011-2012 she also served as the medical director of the Inpatient Neurology Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Since coming to UK in 2012, Lee has been leading development of a vascular neurology fellowship training program, as well as a telehealth stroke care clinic within the Stroke Care Network.
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