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Sue Barnard Knows Stroke Won't Wait

Sue Barnard advocates for a strong stroke system of care in NH

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I am a healthcare worker, committed to providing the best, timely care for stroke patients. As the Stroke Program Coordinator at St Joseph Hospital in Nashua, I led our program to become a Primary Stroke Center. I know firsthand the importance of connecting patients to quality care to enable good outcomes following their strokes, with minimal or no disability. I also helped to establish the NH Stroke Collaborative, focused on improving statewide quality and coordination of stroke care, from prevention to acute care and rehabilitation. An important component for many rural hospitals that do not have a stroke neurologist available around the clock, is providing timely access to the latest therapies through the use of telestroke services. As an advocate for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, I had the opportunity to meet with a NH Congressman to discuss removing a Medicare reimbursement barrier to telestroke, later passed into law! I also represent the AHA/ASA on the NH EMS Coordinating Board to address stroke early care and transport protocol development in NH.

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