Frankfort Regional Medical Center has become the newest member of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network, a community-based stroke initiative providing the highest quality clinical and educational programs to hospital staff and the community.

“This affiliation with the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network will enhance Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s ability to care for stroke patients and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Chip Peal, Chief Executive Officer at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. “Through collaboration with affiliate members, we will ensure patients in our service area have access to the most advanced stroke treatment and prevention.”

As part of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network, Frankfort Regional Medical Center will participate in the sharing of best practices and outcomes data to promote continuous quality improvement in stroke care. Additionally, two neurologists from UK HealthCare – Danny Rose, MD and Ayman Al-Salaimeh, MD – have joined the medical staff at Frankfort Regional Medical Center to provide neurology coverage.

“By educating members of the community and Emergency Medical Services personnel in the region, we work together to provide valuable information about recognizing the signs of stroke and the importance of early treatment,” said Dr. Michael R. Dobbs, Director of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network. “Our affiliate hospitals teach us about their communities and their patients. Meanwhile, we provide access to the resources and knowledge we have as an academic medical center.”

As part of the network, Frankfort Regional Medical Center is pursuing designation as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accreditation agency, which recognizes centers that follow the best practices for stroke care.

“Pursuing Primary Stroke Center designation by The Joint Commission is a testament to our mission to continually provide the best care possible to every individual we serve,” said Peal. “It’s another example of how Frankfort Regional Medical Center is always looking to improve the quality of patient care.”