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    UK Comprehensive Stroke Center

    Medical Director: Jessica Lee, MD

    Surgical Director: Justin Fraser, MD 

    Physician referral, phone consults, hospital transfers • Call UK•MDs: 800-888-5533
    Fax: 859-323-4607 or 859-257-6325

    The UK Comprehensive Stroke Center is a key part of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute. The UK Comprehensive Stroke Center is recognized as the leading center for the management of stroke, specializing in the treatment of all strokes from simple to complex. By combining nationally recognized stroke doctors and specially trained nurses and therapists with advanced medical technology, we provide our patients truly comprehensive and committed care that is second to none. The region’s most experienced stroke program includes:

    • Dedicated stroke neurologists
    • Vascular and endovascular neurosurgeons
    • Interventional neuro-radiologists
    • Neuropsychologists
    • Specially trained nurses and nursing care technicians
    • Pharmacists
    • Dietitians
    • Social workers
    • Physical and occupational therapists
    • Speech-language pathologists
    • A stroke program coordinator
    • Patient care manager

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  • Stroke certification

    Our stroke center was the first in the region to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. That certification, issued by The Joint Commission, is recognition of the hospital’s specially trained physicians and staff, as well as the results of its center.

    Gold Plus Award

    The UK Comprehensive Stoke Center received the Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll Award In 2013. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized this hospital for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75% or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. In addition, the hospital achieved IV rt-PA door-to-needle times < 60 minutes in 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients during one calendar quarter.

  • Leading edge stroke care

    Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) have access to not only the region’s top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. KNI was the first health care center in the region to offer Merci® Retrieval System, a leading-edge tool for removing potentially lethal blood clots in the brain. Stroke specialists are available 24 hours a day to treat stroke immediately, using the latest technology and clot-busting drugs to treat strokes before they can cause brain damage. From fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013, interventional stroke volumes have doubled. UK continues to embrace innovation to benefit our patients. The Merci device, while revolutionary for its time, has been supplanted by the Trevor and Solitaire stent-trievers, which have helped our stroke interventionalists to achieve some of the highest recanalization rates.

    24-Hour stroke care service

    Our Stroke Team is dedicated to the immediate treatment of stroke. That’s why we’ve set up the following services:

    • 24-hour, inpatient pharmacy to deliver state-of-the-art drugs at any hour
    • In-house X-Ray technologists operating a CT scanner to quickly identify bleeding strokes
    • In-house neurosurgical consultation
    • TPA kit in the emergency department
    • Helicopter transport
    • Specialized magnetic resonance scanners that can detect a stroke in the brain after no more than an hour of symptoms

    Stroke ICU

    The UK Stroke Center offers a dedicated 20-bed stroke unit and 12-bed stroke ICU in Pavilion A of the Albert B. Chandler Hospital. At nearly 300 square feet, every private room has zones for the patient, caregiver and family. Room around the patient’s bed accommodates equipment, including a computer for in-room charting so caregivers can spend more time at the bedside, working together as a team.

  • Stroke Care Network

    UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare have collaborated with area hospitals to help develop the first community-based stroke program in the region. The partnership is designed to provide the highest quality care and educational programs to hospital staff as well as community members.

    The relationship between the UK, Norton Healthcare and their affiliate hospitals allow patients to receive the best possible care during the early moments of a stroke, when diagnosis and administering rapid treatment are extremely important.

    Each network hospital has made a strong commitment to providing current and clinically effective stroke care for the community and supports these efforts by providing clinical guidance and oversight, making sure that stroke patients receive the right treatment at the right time.

  • Network hospitals

    Appalachian Regional Healthcare
    • Beckley, Harlan, Hazard, Mary Breckenridge, McDowell, Middlesboro, Morgan County, Summers County, Whitesburg and Williamson

    Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
    217 S. Third Street
    Danville KY 40422

    Georgetown Community Hospital
    1140 Lexington Road
    Georgetown KY 40324

    Harrison Memorial Hospital
    1210 KY Highway 36 E.
    Cynthiana KY 41031

    Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital
    305 Langdon St.
    Somerset KY 42503

    Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital
    1000 St. Christopher Drive
    Ashland KY 41101

    Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center
    145 Newcomb Ave.
    Mt. Vernon KY 40456

    St. Claire Regional Medical Center
    222 Medical Circle
    Morehead KY 40351

  • Clinic locations 

  • Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

    Kentucky Clinic
    First Floor, Wing C
    740 S. Limestone
    Lexington KY 40536-0284

    This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Read more »

    Call 859-323-5661
    Fax 859-323-1127