HCA’s Overland Park Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care according to nationally accepted standards.

“Earning this designation means we have demonstrated that we have strict protocols in place for treating stroke patients and that we follow the American Stroke Association’s recommendations for better outcomes,” says Dawn Lawrence, Vice President of Business Development, “Our Stroke Team has been specifically trained to identify stroke symptoms in patients and to administer the proper treatments in an efficient, time-sensitive manner.”

During a stroke, time lost is brain lost. The Stroke Team, consisting of neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, emergency medicine, nurses and rehabilitative specialists, has developed a system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients in the first few hours after the onset of stroke symptoms. Overland Park Regional Medical Center provides a continuum of care from the emergency room through the rehabilitation process offering stroke patients access to the highest level of care, close to home.

“Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Kansas. Receiving proper treatment quickly can increase the patient’s chance of survival, as well as the ability to function better months and years down the road,” says neurologist Dr. Muhammad Nashatizadeh.

If you experience any symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately