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Stroke Won't Wait. Now, Neither Will You.

Thanks to your help, after 10 years, we finally have the regulation in place completing the statewide stroke system of care. This victory is huge for the health of South Carolina, and we are thrilled to see our legislature approve the regulations in 2018!

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The regulation: 1) creates a centralized stroke registry which is an essential tool in assessing and improving stroke care and patient outcomes, 2) requires DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) to verify and acknowledge certified stroke centers, and 3) requires EMS to transport suspected stroke victims to the most appropriate hospital for treatment based on symptom severity.

The AHA call-to-action generated well over 20 written public comments to the DHEC board in support of the regulation. Our advocates and partner organizations ensured the regulation passed the board without weakened and confusing language. At the December DHEC board hearing, our survivor advocate Sabrina Faircloth and physician advocates Dr. Edward Jauch and Dr. Anil Yallapragada provided personal testimony and science-based information to the board. After the unanimous vote, the board chair stated that the meeting was one of the most informative hearings he had ever attended as a DHEC board member.

After board approval, there was one final step before a regulation became law. Thankfully, SC legislators recognized the importance of collaborative and informed stroke care in our state, and it was approved unanimously. In May, it became law. Thank you to all who worked tirelessly on this effort since 2008!

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