The Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare - Stroke Care Network has recognized Frankfort Regional Medical Center with the “Hero Award” for its work in improving stroke care for its community.

At the Network's annual summit meeting on Oct. 2, 2020, Dr. Larry Goldstein, interim director of the Stroke Care Network, praised Frankfort Regional Medical Center for their dedication to excellence in stroke care.

"Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s commitment to excellence in stroke care is to be commended," said Dr. Goldstein. "Everyone's goal is to provide the best care for stroke patients as close to home as possible and Frankfort Regional Medical Center efforts embody that principle."

“I want to thank the entire stroke care team for working tirelessly,” said Dr. Daniel Lee, Frankfort Regional Medical Center stroke medical director. “It is a testimony to the superb stroke care patients receive at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, which rivals care available at major metropolitan and university hospitals.”

The “Hero Award” is given to those who have the fastest reported stroke treatment time.

Lisa Bellamy, BHS, RN, CPHQ, the Stroke Care Network's managing director, notes that Frankfort Regional Medical Center, “achieved this award by working tirelessly to assure top-level expertise in their providers and staff, and by streamlining processes that expedite stroke treatment, which saves lives and improves quality of life in survivors. Frankfort Regional Medical Center was recognized with the Network’s ‘Hero Award’ because its commitment to providing the best possible stroke care is evidenced by the unrelenting efforts throughout this healthcare system.”

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

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.