University Hospital is the first facility in the state, and the 20th in the nation, to earn an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation.
Kentucky is considered part of the “stroke belt,” an area in the Southeast with a high rate of stroke mortality. The state had the 11th-highest stroke-mortality rate nationally in 2009, with 2,064 deaths from stroke that year.
University of Louisville President James Ramsey said University Hospital’s stroke service, which treats about 1,000 patients annually, is essential, given such statistics in Kentucky.
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