Every Patient. Every Time.
In her 34 years as a nurse at UK HealthCare, Margie Campbell has impacted tens of thousands of lives—in the hospital, after her patients go home, and, now, before they ever arrive. While she’s worked throughout the hospital, her current role as a Stroke Program Coordinator within the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute means she’s proactive in educating patients in recognizing and preventing strokes before they happen.
“I started out on the stroke floor, and at that time there were not many options for treatment of patients with a stroke. We took care of getting them ready for rehab and the goal was to make them as functional as possible. Now, there are actual treatments at the time of the stroke that can improve the patient’s prognosis. We are a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and that is the highest certification that there is for stroke.”
Since more Kentuckians are learning what a stroke looks like, “we’re seeing people call 911 more,” said Margie. And that’s a good thing. “A lot of times, patients will just go to bed and then we miss our window of what we can do to treat them.”
With Kentucky as the center of the so-called “Stroke Belt,” education and rapid response are vital when it comes to stroke. UK HealthCare’s education, outreach and advanced therapies combine to save lives and prevent future strokes.
That mission is what drives Margie. Her days start at 4:45 in the morning and she’s at the hospital by a little after 6. She splits her time between staff and education, implementing innovative new procedures for stroke care, and preparing for the upcoming Comprehensive Stroke Center recertification process—but she drops everything when her stroke alert pager goes off, as it does half a dozen times a day.