STEPPING UP THE BATTLE AGAINST STROKE It was a big year for the treatment and prevention of strokes in South Texas. First, University Health System launched its Stroke Moves F.A.S.T. campaign to inform people about how to recognize - and respond to - the symptoms of a stroke. And in keeping with the advanced stroke care available to its patients, University Hospital was certified as a comprehensive stroke center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. University Hospital became one of only three hospitals statewide and about 100 across the country to be so recognized by The Joint Commission. Comprehensive stroke centers are an elite group of providers capable of treating the most complex stroke patients. As a group, they are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care. "Since our community recognized several years ago that improved stroke care should be a priority, University Health System's goal has been to become recognized as a center of excellence for treating patients with even the most complex strokes," said George 8. Hernandez Jr., president and CEO of University Health System. The Stroke Moves F.A.S.T. campaign includes a dedicated website - strokemovesfast.com - that describes the four elements of stroke response - face (if one side of the face does not move, arms (if one arm drifts or doesn't move. speech (slurred or doesn't make sense and time (call 911 immediately. The site also includes a stroke assessment tool so that online visitors can enter information and learn whether they are at high risk of having a stroke. Dr. Lee Birnbaum, medical director of the Stroke Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center, is the only board-certified vascular neurologist in San Antonio, and assistant professor of neurosurgery at the UT Health Science Center. Dr. Birnbaum, along with neurosurgeons Dr. Ramesh Grandhi and Dr. Jeremiah Johnson, offer a number of surgical and minimally invasive procedures for removing blood clots from the brain and repairing stroke damage. Dr. Grand hi and Dr. Johnson also are assistant professors of neurosurgery at the UT Health Science Center.
2016 See How We See Annual Report
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