Acute Stroke Ready Facility

Stroke Certified

In March 2016, Highlands became the first hospital in the state to be recognized as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. Acute Stroke Ready facilities are recognized for establishing evidence based processes that ensure the finest care to patients experiencing an acute stroke.


Highlands recently underwent a rigorous onsite review where DNV experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.


The certification of Acute Stroke Ready Hospital ensures that an organization can provide the services necessary for treatment of stroke patients. In Kentucky, recent legislative changes ensure that patients experiencing signs and symptoms of a stroke are transported by EMS to facilities that have demonstrated competency in stroke care through certification.

As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors will visit Highlands annually to monitor the hospital's adherence to patient safety criteria established by CMS and to evaluate processes that impact patient care across various departments and facilities of the hospital.

Are You at Risk?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood it needs, so it and brain cells die.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number fourth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

If you or a family member just had a stroke or are at high risk for stroke, the information below can help you reduce your risk and better understand your condition.

Women's Risk of Stroke

Women have more strokes than men, a stroke kills more women than men.

Women's Risk of Stroke Details

Talk to your doctor about how to lower your risk. Click here to learn the new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association prevention guidelines. This will give you a better understanding of your risk factors and how to improve your health.

Become a Stroke Hero

There are 5 important things you should know about stroke.

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Become a stroke hero by learning these 5 important facts...

What is a Stroke?

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time.

What is a Stroke? Details

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of blood and oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, things like memory and muscle controlled by that portion of the brain are lost.

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Strokes Affect Everyone

A stroke is thought to only affect the elderly...

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A stroke is thought to only affect the elderly. But it can affect anyone. See the story of 4 teenage stroke survivors, and learn the signs and symptoms.

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