On May 16, 2016 dozens of AHA/ASA volunteers arrived in Albany, New York for the 2nd Annual Stroke Awareness Advocacy Day. Coming from all over the state and comprised of stroke survivors, caregivers, neurologists, and stroke nurses, this mighty group met with over 50 legislators in support of Stroke System of Care legislation. In summary, this bill will expand the current system of designating primary stroke centers by also designating acute stroke ready hospitals and comprehensive stroke centers. It also directs the Department of Health to inform EMS providers which hospitals are designated as stroke centers and requires EMS to have a transport protocol in place for suspected stroke patients.
In order to put a human face on this complex issue, the AHA/ASA created a video featuring several key volunteers describing why this legislation is needed now. The video, when shown on the ubiquitous smart phone, enables the advocacy team to put a survivor, paramedic and neurologist in every meeting we have with state legislators on this bill.
Follow this link to view the video.