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What It Is

The Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (KHDSP) State Action Plan promotes improved diagnosis of hypertension through the patient-centered Cardiovascular Assessment, Risk reduction and Education (CARE) initiative and improves stroke treatment through the voluntary hospital collaborative Stroke Encounter Quality Improvement Project. The Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program in partnership with the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force leads the effort to address these strategies and transform cardiovascular health approaches and practices in the state. This is accomplished by using collaborative workgroups to turn knowledge into behavioral change and increase use of evidenced-based guidelines for health systems change.

Programs Categories of Work

  1. Surveillance and epidemiology
  2. Environmental approaches
  3. Health systems improvements
  4. Community-clinical linkages 
These efforts are supported by core public health activities such as partnership engagement, workforce development, guidance and support for programmatic efforts, strategic communication, surveillance and epidemiology and evaluation.

The CDC focused strategies for KHDSP are to promote reporting of blood pressure and, as able, initiate activities that promote clinical innovations, team-based care, and self-monitoring of blood pressure; to promote awareness of high blood pressure among patients; to increase implementation of quality improvement processes in health systems; to increase use of team-based care in health systems; and to increase use of healthcare extenders in the community in support of self-management of high blood pressure.

Certified Stroke Centers in Kentucky

Comprehensive Stroke Centers 

  • Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington
  • Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Louisville
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • University of Louisville, Louisville

Primary Stroke Centers

  • Baptist Health LaGrange
  • Baptist Health Louisville
  • Baptist Healthcare Paducah
  • Frankfort Regional Medical Center
  • Hardin Memorial Health, Elizabethtown
  • Jackson Purchase Medical Center (PineLake Regional Hospital, LLC), Mayfield
  • Jewish Hospital, Louisville
  • King’s Daughter’s Medical Center, Ashland
  • Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Somerset
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, Louisville  
  • Norton Hospital, Louisville
  • Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Louisville
  • Owensboro Health, Inc.
  • Pikeville Medical Center
  • Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington
  • St. Elizabeth Edgewood
  • St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas
  • St. Elizabeth Florence
  • Stes. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Louisville
  • The Medical Center, Bowling Green
  • TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, Bowling Green

Certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals

  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital, Harlan
  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital, Whitesburg
  • Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg 
  • St. Elizabeth Covington
  • St. Elizabeth Grant, Williamstown
  • Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa
Updated Dec. 12, 2018
Sources: The Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program and the American Heart Association

Reports and Data

Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Program Strategic Map 2017 - 2019 

Kentucky Stroke Registry Annual Report 2018.pdf

Previous reports can be requested using the contact information below.