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Vidant Medical Center Stroke Care plans for community outreach with grant award money

April 12, 2012 by Carissa D. Etters

GREENVILLE – Vidant Medical Center Stroke Care was awarded $15,000 from the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative (NCSCC). The money will be used to support the “Educating Health Care Professionals to Optimize Outcomes in the Region” project.
The goal of the project is to create a sustainable Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS) education program and standardize professional educational training about stroke care in eastern North Carolina. ASLS education training includes recognizing signs and symptoms of stroke, using the American Heart Association best practice guidelines and proficient treatment and management. Support from the NCSC C will allow six health care professionals to complete the ASLS course at the University of Miami. Those professionals, including EMS and nurses, will then provide training for others responsible for caring for the stroke population in eastern North Carolina. One of the goals of the project is to ensure that every person treated for stroke receives care from a health professional specially trained in stroke recognition and treatment.
North Carolina has the seventh highest stroke mortality rate in the country. In 2009, 4,391 deaths were caused by stroke in NC. "Enhancing expertise related to acute stroke management among professionals will improve our overall ability to increase public awareness about the signs and symptoms of stroke,” said Susan Freeman, nurse practitioner and administrator for neurosciences at Vidant Medical Center.  Enhancing partnerships through community outreach provides an opportunity to advocate for patients and families. This type of grant truly supports our mission to enhance the quality of life for stroke patients through educational efforts,” Freeman said.
Vidant Medical Center Stroke Care was also awarded $4,500 from the North Carolina Stroke Association (NCSA) for its Stroke Risk Screening project outreach. This money will be used to purchase equipment used for screenings across eastern North Carolina.
Vidant Medical Center has long partnered with the NCSA to offer risk screenings in effort to reduce the rate of stroke incidence and improve stroke care and education. Stroke risk screenings include a full lipid panel, body mass index (BMI), hypertension, blood pressure, glucose, nutrition, lifestyle habits and smoking cessation. Screenings are free of charge. To find or schedule a screening visit VidantHealth.com
About North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative
As one of the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registries, the NCSCC is part of a national initiative to reduce the death and disability caused by stroke. The program is funded by Centers for Disease Control and is a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the goal of furthering these aims in North Carolina.
About North Carolina Stroke Association
The North Carolina Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke in North Carolina through relationships and collaborations to facilitate screening, education, outcome assessments, and advocacy. NCSA creates transportable Stroke programs to address: stroke prevention and education, post-stroke services. NCSA is a committed strategic partner in providing programs to reduce the incidence and impact of Stroke for North Carolina’s citizens.
 
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