North Carolina’s Vidant Chowan Hospital and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital recently earned grants from the nonprofit North Carolina Stroke Association (NCSA) to fund programs for official stroke readiness certification.
The grant comes through NCSA’s Time is Brain, Time for Change program and will support programs required for Acute Stroke Ready certification by the Joint Commission, a standard developed with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, according to an announcement.
“We are so pleased to provide this funding,” Beth Parks, NCSA executive director, said in the announcement. “Both hospitals serve critical areas in eastern North Carolina [with] significant gaps in access to certified stroke care.”
Vidant Chowan Hospital President Jeffrey Sackrison noted that North Carolina experiences a high fatality rate from strokes.
“We are very appreciative of the grant award from North Carolina Stroke Association,” Sackrison said in the announcement. “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 Roanoke-Chowan President Patrick Heins said that the grants will benefit patients and their families.
"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," Heins said in the announcement.