NHRMC Joins Improve Stroke Care Project to Benefit Entire Region

December 12, 2018

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has been selected for the Improve Stroke Care Project, a program developed by Duke Clinical Research Institute to help identify and implement best practices for stroke treatment across regional networks.

NHRMC was selected as one of 10 Improve Stroke sites in the Southeast, based on having a well-developed vascular neurology program with a strong leadership team who works with other centers and EMS agencies in a regional plan. NHRMC’s aim in the Improve Stroke Care Project is to increase the rate and speed of restoring blood to the brain, which improves the outcomes for stroke patients.

“NHRMC is recognized as a Healthgrades Five-Star Stroke Program, and we are excited to work with Improve Stroke to bolster our stroke program and to improve stroke care across the region,” said Mary Beth Bobek, NHRMC’s Manager of Neurodiagnostics and Stroke Program.

The aim of Improve Stroke is to improve:

These improvements in acute stroke care delivery are expected to result in lower mortality, fewer recurrent strokes, and improved long term functional outcomes that NHRMC and our regional partners will measure.

Southeastern North Carolina is considered part of the Stroke Belt, the area of the United States with the highest rates and deaths from stroke. NHRMC treats about 900 stroke patients each year. 

About Improve Stroke

Improve Stroke  stands for IMplementation of best PRactices fOr acute stroke care – developing and optimizing regional systems of Stroke Care (IMPROVE Stroke Care) project.

The primary vision for the IMPROVE –Stroke Care project is to improve clinical outcomes by identifying the optimal processes of stroke care delivery by sharing data and allowing redesign of systems within the partnered networks.

Improve Stroke is funded by the Medtronic Foundation, Chiesi, and Daiichi Sankyo.