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ICAHN Stroke Initiative: When Stroke Care is a Statewide Effort


By Geri Aston of H&HN (Hospitals & Health Networks) through the American Hospital Association

State systems of stroke care bring hospitals, paramedics and others together to improve outcomes

TAYLORVILLE - When a man in his 30s suddenly went numb on one side while working out, the folks at his gym worried he was having a stroke and called 9-1-1. The emergency medical technicians rushed him to nearby Taylorville Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access facility in rural central Illinois.

In the emergency department, his wife questioned whether paramedics had erred by taking him to Taylorville instead of a larger hospital in Springfield, about 25 miles away. “Our physician assured her this is the best stop,” says Gayle Hoock, R.N., the hospital’s ED manager. Click here to read more.