Whitesburg ARH recognized as “Rising Star” for Stroke Care


The Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare - Stroke Care Network has recognized Whitesburg ARH Hospital as a "Rising Star" for its work in improving stroke care for its patients.

At the Network's annual summit in Lexington on July 24, Dr. Michael Dobbs, director of the Stroke Care Network, hailed Whitesburg ARH for their dedication to excellence in stroke care.

"Whitesburg ARH’s commitment to quality improvement and coordination of resources to provide their patients with the highest quality stroke care is to be commended," Dr. Dobbs said. "Everyone's goal is to provide the best care for stroke patients as close to home as possible and Whitesburg’s efforts embody that principle."

Lisa Bellamy, RN, CPHQ, the Stroke Care Network's director of education and quality, notes that Whitesburg ARH “made remarkable progress in their work to enhance stroke care for its patients.”

“Whitesburg 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.”

In January 2014, UK HealthCare was designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. UK HealthCare was the 63rd U.S. institution and the only hospital in central and eastern KY to be awarded this designation, which is the highest honor The Joint Commission awards 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, Whitesburg ARH has access to Norton Healthcare and UK HealthCare’s expertise and resources to best ensure their hospital offers “the best care for stroke” for their citizens.

Whitesburg ARH Hospital is a member of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system, a not-for-profit health system operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies in Kentucky and West Virginia. ARH employs nearly 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $297 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence

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