University of Louisville Hospital
Kentucky’s First Joint Commission-Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center
In February 2013, University Hospital was named the first Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Kentucky and the 20th in the nation. This accreditation recognizes University Hospital’s ability to provide the most comprehensive stroke treatments available.
Led by Kerri Remmel, MD, PhD, Director of University Hospital’s Stroke Center, the Stroke Team is above the national average in the administration of IV tPA (intravenous tissue plasminogen activator) for acute ischemic stroke (stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain), the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ischemic strokes. IV tPA is a drug that breaks up the clot causing the stroke, but it must be given within the first three hours of the first sign of the symptom and only after confirming the patient meets all of the necessary criteria.
University Hospital’s Stroke Team treats 20 percent of stroke patients with IV tPA (national average is 3-5 percent). That number includes patients who had the drug administered at University Hospital, as well as patients that had it administered at an outlying hospital after talking with one of our stroke neurologists. Those patients are often then transferred to University Hospital for additional care.
Our Credentials as Stroke Leaders
- First Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Kentucky
- Nine consecutive Gold or Gold Plus Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for providing evidence-based stroke care
- First hospital in Kentucky to receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award from the AHA/ASA for its commitment to providing tPA promptly after patients arrive at University Hospital
- Developed Kentucky's first stroke telemedicine program
- Nursing unit at University Hospital dedicated solely to stroke care
- Access to clinical trials not available at all hospitals through the University of Louisville Department of Neurology
While the University Hospital Stroke Team can provide the best stroke care, one of its core areas of focus is prevention. The Stroke Team is involved in many community events, business health fairs and other educational programs to educate the public about stroke and how it can be prevented. Eighty percent of all strokes are preventable if you:
- Manage your blood pressure
- Eat healthier
- Exercise regularly
- Don't smoke
- Lower cholesterol
How likely are you to have a stroke? Find out by completing this stroke risk assessment.
Our Physician Team
University Hospital’s Stroke Team is comprised of experts in the field of neurology and neurosurgery:
- Kerri Remmel, MD, PhD, Director of University Hospital’s Stroke Center
- Wei Liu, MD, Interventional Stroke Neurologist
- Michael Wilder, MD, Interventional Stroke Neurologist
- Jignesh Shah, MD, Stroke Neurologist
- Robert James, MD, Endovascular Neurosurgeon