Frankfort Regional Medical Center Joins UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network

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.

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 – Dr. Danny Rose and Dr. Ayman Al-Salaimeh – have joined the medical staff at Frankfort Regional Medical Center to provide neurology coverage.

“This affiliation 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.”

According to Dr. Michael R. Dobbs, director of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network and professor in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Neurology, the Stroke Care Network is designed to help local hospitals and emergency services personnel follow best practices in stroke care.

“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 so that Kentuckians can recognize the signs of stroke, understand the importance of early treatment, and be able to get that treatment as close to home as possible,” Dobbs said.

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

In 2014, the TJC designated UK HealthCare a Comprehensive Stroke Center – its highest honor. It is one of 96 U.S. institutions – and the only one in Lexington – with CSC-designation.