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Two Vidant hospitals receive grants for Acute Stroke Ready certification

November 09, 2017 posted by Erica Mizelle

GREENVILLE – The nonprofit North Carolina Stroke Association (NCSA) recently awarded grants to Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton, N.C. and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, N.C. as part of its Time is Brain, Time for Change initiative.

Both hospitals are pursuing Acute Stroke Ready certification by the Joint Commission, and the NCSA grants will help fund programs required for certification.

“We are very appreciative of the grant award from North Carolina Stroke Association,” said Jeffrey Sackrison, MBA, BSN, FACHE, president of Vidant Chowan Hospital. “Our state has one of the highest stroke death rates in the nation, which is two times the national average. We want to do everything we can to support our community and provide the very best in preventative services and patient care.”

Vidant Chowan received $25,700 and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan received $45,560. Both hospitals plan to use the funds to expand community education, awareness and stroke screening programs, and underwrite additional education and training for team members and EMS providers as required for certification.

"Every 20 minutes, someone from North Carolina is hospitalized with a stroke,” said Patrick Heins, MBA, RN, president of Vidant Roanoke-Chowan. “The support from NCSA will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of the patients and families who depend on us for stroke-related care.”

Both Vidant Chowan and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan hospitals have already received an initial portion of the grant money.

“We are so pleased to provide this funding to Vidant Chowan Hospital and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital,” said NCSA executive director Beth Parks. “Both hospitals serve critical areas in eastern North Carolina, a region that records some of the highest stroke death rates in the country, yet has significant gaps in access to certified stroke care.”

Of the 41 hospitals certified as Acute Stroke Ready, Advanced Primary Stroke Care or Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the state, only five are currently located in eastern North Carolina.


About the N.C. Stroke Association

The North Carolina Stroke Association is a 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 1998 by a group of physicians and lay people who saw the need to address the state’s increasing prevalence of stroke and its attendant disabilities. With operational seed money from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, NCSA began to fulfill its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke in North Carolina through collaborations to facilitate screening, education, outcome assessments and advocacy. For more information, visit


About Vidant Health

About Vidant Health Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,447-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

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