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Norton Suburban Hospital certified as Primary Stroke Center; Norton Healthcare only health care system in region with all adult facilities certified

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2011) – Norton Suburban Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center after undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care. Norton Suburban joins Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital in earning this prestigious designation. By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, all four Norton Healthcare adult-service hospitals have demonstrated the ability to provide effective, timely care to individuals who have suffered a stroke, which can significantly improve outcomes. Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in the region to receive Primary Stroke Center certification at all its adult-service facilities.

“On average, a stroke occurs about every 45 seconds,” said Nadeem A. Talpur, M.D., vascular neurology/stroke, Norton Neuroscience Institute. “During a stroke, or ‘brain attack,’ blood flow to the brain in interrupted, causing brain cells to die.”

A patient’s chance of surviving a stroke or experiencing minimal or no disability from a stroke increases with how fast he or she receives treatment, according to Dr. Talpur.

“In stroke treatment, time is brain,” said Shervin R. Dashti, M.D., Ph.D., cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, Norton Neuroscience Institute. “If a stroke patient is brought to a certified stroke center within three hours of the onset of symptoms, he or she may be a candidate for intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) administration.”

tPA is a clot-busting medication that can unclog blocked arteries to the brain, essentially stopping a stroke before it happens, according to Dr. Dashti.

Each year about 795,000 people experience a stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke also is a leading cause of long-term disability. There are nearly 5 million stroke survivors in the United States today.

“Now that all of Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals are certified as Primary Stroke Centers, patients in our community have the best chance of getting lifesaving treatment,” said Douglas A. Winkelhake, executive director, Norton Neuroscience Institute. “No matter where they are when stroke symptoms occur, they are likely only a few minutes away from a Norton Healthcare certified stroke center. Norton Neuroscience Institute is honored to provide these specialized, expanded services to the residents in our community.”

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About Norton Suburban Hospital
Norton Suburban Hospital is a full-service, 373-bed community hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical care and full diagnostic services. Norton Suburban specializes in comprehensive cancer prevention, detection and treatment; orthopaedics; neurosurgery; surgical weight loss services; and 24-hour emergency care. Norton Suburban is home to a Norton Wound Healing Center and Norton Women’s Pavilion, offering general and high-risk obstetric and gynecologic care, heart care services just for women and a dedicated surgical unit for women with private rooms and specialized nursing care. The hospital also is home to the Kosair Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Norton Suburban Hospital, featuring a Level III nursery and on-site neonatal coverage 24/7. More information is available at

About Norton Neuroscience Institute
One in every three people – some 1.7 million in Kentucky and Southern Indiana alone – will be affected by a neurological disorder at some point in life. Established in early 2009, Norton Neuroscience Institute is the region’s leading provider of neurological care. Its team of specialists is dedicated to providing patients and their families with advanced treatment for complex neurological disorders through several areas of expertise, including pediatrics, stroke care, brain tumor treatment, spine care, movement disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, headaches and concussion treatment, trauma, injuries and more. Since launching Norton Neuroscience Institute, nearly two dozen subspecialty fellowship-trained neurosurgeons, neurologists and other neurological specialists have joined the growing practice. Their addition is part of a 10-year plan to position Norton Neuroscience Institute as a national leader in neurological care, providing comprehensive services, world-class facilities, leading-edge technologies, and enhanced research and outreach efforts. More information is available at

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