Middlesboro ARH Hospital Recognized as a Rising Star for Stroke Care


The Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare - Stroke Care Network has recognized Middlesboro ARH Hospital as a “Rising Star” for its work in improving stroke care for its patients. At the Network’s annual Summit in Lexington, Dr. Larry Goldstein, interim director of the Stroke Care Network, presented Middlesboro ARH Hospital with their award, and congratulated them for their accomplishments.

“Middlesboro ARH staff is proud to be recognized as a Rising Star for Stroke Care by the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Network. We accomplished one of our key strategic goals by becoming a DNV acute stroke ready accredited hospital in February 2019. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality of care to the patients and families we serve. Our residents deserve a hospital with the staff and equipment devoted to the national best stroke medical practice. We do this while providing compassionate care and being a hospital they can trust,” said Michael Slusher, Middlesboro ARH Community CEO.

The “Rising Star” award is given to those who demonstrate remarkable program development, evidence-based components implemented, and disease specific certification. Lisa Bellamy, BHS, RN, CPHQ, the Stroke Care Network’s managing director, notes that Middlesboro ARH Hospital “made remarkable progress in their work to enhance stroke care for its patients and achieved certification through Det Norske Veritas (DNV) as an Acute Stroke Ready hospital. This certification validates an organization’s compliance with national standards of care for the initial identification and treatment of stroke. This achievement demonstrates a high-level of commitment to excellence in stroke care and is no small task. We are proud to work with Middlesboro ARH Hospital and are happy to recognize them with this award.” UK HealthCare is certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, 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, Middlesboro ARH Hospital has access to Norton Healthcare/ UK HealthCare’s expertise and resources; combined with their own excellent stroke care Middlesboro ARH Hospital is able to offer “the best care for stroke” for their citizens.

Photo: From left to right, Lisa Bellamy, BHS, RN, CPHQ, the Stroke Care Network’s Managing Director; Robbin Tuttle, RN, Middlesboro ARH House Nurse Coordinator; Christina Wiggins, RN, Middlesboro ARH Emergency Department Manager and Dr. Larry Goldstein, Interim Director of the Stroke Care Network.

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