GEORGETOWN — Stroke patients in Scott County should receive better and faster care at Georgetown Community Hospital because of a partnership with the University of Kentucky's Comprehensive Stroke Center, medical officials say.
Georgetown emergency staff will have constant access to a UK stroke neurologist who will help assess patients' conditions and determine what drugs should be administered while a patient is at the Georgetown hospital or is being transferred to UK Hospital.
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Georgetown Community Hospital chief executive officer Barry Papania said the partnership, announced Friday, will eliminate the time that emergency room doctors spend calling Lexington hospitals to track down a neurologist.
"It was sort of a shotgun approach at who you could find," Papania said after a news conference at Georgetown Community Hospital.
This is the first partnership that the UK stroke center has formed with a community hospital, said Michael Dobbs, a UK neurologist and medical director of the UK-Georgetown Community Hospital Stroke Affiliation.
The program in Georgetown has been in place about two months.
"Community hospitals can benefit from stroke-care partnerships because it makes the resources of a major stroke-care center available for their patients and staff," Dobbs said. "Being treated in a stroke-care unit at a stroke center improves a patient's chance of a good outcome."
The medical staff at Georgetown Community Hospital, and Scott County residents, also will have on-site access to educational programs offered by UK's stroke center.