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The Medical Center at Bowling Green Stroke Program Receives 2020 Karpf Award

The Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare – Stroke Care Network has recognized The Medical Center at Bowling Green with the 2020 “Karpf Award” for its work in improving stroke care and outcomes in the communities they serve and for improving stroke systems of care throughout the state of Kentucky.

At the Network’s annual Summit meeting held via Zoom on October 2, 2020, Dr. Larry Goldstein, interim director of the Stroke Care Network, praised The Medical Center at Bowling Green for its dedication to excellence in stroke care. “The Medical Center at Bowling Green’s commitment to providing the highest quality stroke care and to strengthening our regional stroke system of care is to be commended,” Dr. Goldstein said. “Everyone’s goal is to provide the best care for stroke patients as close to home as possible and The Medical Center at Bowling Green’s efforts embody that principle.”

The “Karpf Award” is named after the visionary and innovative Dr. Michael Karpf, who served as UK’s Executive Vice President for Health Affairs from 2003 until 2017. Dr. Karpf was highly instrumental in changing the face of healthcare in Kentucky to ensure that Kentuckians have access to the best of care, not only at UK, but across the entire Commonwealth. The Karpf Award is given to those who actively promote the concept of stroke systems of care locally and throughout the state of Kentucky and who actively participate in statewide collaborative Network initiatives.

Lisa Bellamy, BHS, RN, CPHQ, the Stroke Care Network’s managing director, notes that “The Medical Center at Bowling Green was recognized with the Network’s ‘Karpf Award’ because of its commitment to providing the best possible stroke care as evidenced by their unrelenting efforts throughout the Med Center Health system. Bill Singletary, RN, The Medical Center at Bowling Green’s Stroke Program Coordinator, and the program’s interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals are selfless in their pursuit of doing the right thing for stroke patients. Bill makes a huge impact for all of us in the area of evidence-based stroke care by eagerly sharing his expertise across the Network.”

“It is a tremendous honor for our Primary Stroke Center to be recognized by the Stroke Care Network with the 2020 Karpf Award,” says Bill Singletary. “Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes because TIME=BRAIN. Our long-standing and ongoing collaboration with the Network, the AHA/ASA and other stroke centers and EMS providers throughout the state, helps translate the latest scientific evidence into daily clinical practice by creating an efficient healthcare delivery system for greater access to timely stroke care and improved outcomes for people in the communities we serve and throughout the state.”

As an affiliate in the Stroke Care Network, The Medical Center at Bowling Green has access to Norton Healthcare’s and UK HealthCare’s expertise and resources; combined with their own excellent stroke care The Medical Center at Bowling Green is able to offer “the best care for stroke” for their citizens.