Kentucky hospital receives award for stroke-care innovation

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Georgetown Community Hospital says it has been recognized for its work in improving stroke care for its patients.

The hospital received the Innovation Award, which is given to hospitals that demonstrate remarkable innovation in its approach to stroke care.

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Georgetown Community Hospital was singled out for its Stroke Alert Drill. “Stroke Alert” is used after the recognition of stroke-like symptoms or receipt of a suspected stroke call from EMS in the field. Once either is recognized, “Stroke Alert” is immediately paged overhead and repeated three times. The purpose is to facilitate a timely and coordinated response to hospital team members.

The hospital says the award was given by the UK/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network, which is certified by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest honor awarded to stroke centers.