Published on October 22, 2020

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center recognized as a “Rising Star” for its work in improving stroke care

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) was recently recognized by the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare – Stroke Care Network as a “Rising Star” for its work in improving stroke care for its patients.

At the Network’s annual Summit meeting on October 2, Dr. Larry Goldstein, interim director of the Stroke Care Network, praised EMRMC for their dedication to excellence in stroke care. 

“Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center’s commitment to quality improvement and coordination of resources to provide their patients with the highest quality stroke care is to be commended,” Dr. Goldstein said. “Everyone’s goal is to provide the best care for stroke patients as close to home as possible and EMRMC’s efforts embody that principle.”

“We are honored to be recognized for the stroke care that we provide at EMRMC. Many of our Associates and providers have worked extremely hard to improve stroke care for our patients,” said Lynne Warner Lynn, vice president of Ephraim McDowell Health and chief nursing officer at EMRMC.

The “Rising Star” award is given to those who demonstrate remarkable program development or improvement, implement leading edge clinical practice guidelines, and those who achieve disease specific care certification.

Lisa Bellamy, BHS, RN, CPHQ, the Stroke Care Network’s managing director, notes that EMRMC “made remarkable progress in their work to enhance stroke care for its patients and achieved certification through The Joint Commission as an Acute Stroke Ready hospital. Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center was recognized as the Network’s ‘Rising Star’ because its commitment to providing the best possible stroke care is evidenced by the unrelenting efforts throughout this healthcare system.”

UK HealthCare and Norton Brownsboro Hospital are certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as Comprehensive Stroke Centers, which is the highest honor awarded to stroke centers.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

As an affiliate in the Stroke Care Network, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center has access to Norton Healthcare’s and UK HealthCare’s expertise and resources; combined with their own excellent stroke care Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center is able to offer “the best care for stroke” for their citizens.