Innovation Award - Stroke Program

October 4, 2018

Somerset, Ky. -- (9/13/18) – UK HealthCare/The Norton Healthcare - Stroke Care Network has recognized Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital with the “Innovation Award” for its work in improving stroke care for its patients.

At the Network's annual Summit in Lexington on August 16, Dr. Michael Dobbs, MHCM, director of the Stroke Care Network, praised Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for their dedication to excellence in stroke care.

"Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital’s commitment to quality improvement and coordination of resources to provide their patients with the highest quality stroke care is to be commended," Dr. Dobbs said. "Everyone's goal is to provide the best care for stroke patients as close to home as possible and Lake Cumberland’s efforts embody that principle."

The “Innovation Award” award is given to those who demonstrate remarkable innovation with implementing a leading edge approach to stroke care.

Lisa Bellamy, RN, BHS, CPHQ, the Stroke Care Network's managing director, notes that Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital “made remarkable progress in their work to enhance stroke care for its patients by creating the ‘Adopt a Stroke Patient Program.’ ” This program is unlike any other program in the state. It ensures all stroke patients get the follow-up and education they need.

“Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital was recognized with the Network’s ‘Innovation Award’ because its commitment to providing the best possible stroke care is evidenced by the unrelenting efforts throughout this healthcare system.”

UK HealthCare is certified by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the highest honor awarded to stroke centers.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

As an affiliate in the Stroke Care Network, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital has access to UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare’s expertise and resources; combined with their own excellent stroke care Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is able to offer “the best care for stroke” for their citizens.

About Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is a 295-bed acute care facility serving the people of South Central Kentucky. As a recipient of The Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Care, the hospital is committed to providing high quality care for stroke patients in its 29-bed dedicated Neuro Unit. With more than forty physician specialties and nearly two hundred physicians on staff, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital offers the most comprehensive medical services in the region. In addition to providing inpatient services, the hospital’s stand-alone outpatient facilities focus on bariatric (weight loss) services, cancer treatment, diagnostic imaging, outpatient surgery, outpatient therapy services, sleep disorders, wound care and hyperbaric medicine.  In 2014, the hospital founded the first Residency Program in the region to train new physicians. Established in 1976, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and, in addition to Stroke Certification, has also been awarded the following specialty certifications: Commission on Cancer certification; Chest Pain Center with PCI from the American College of Cardiology and The Joint Commission Spine Surgery Certification.  For more information, visit:

PHOTO: (l to r) Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Neuro Team members Kelly Venters, MSN, RN, SCRN, Director of Neuro Critical Care/Neuro MedSurg Unit and Jessica L. Douglas, RN, BSN, CCRN, SCRN, CLNC, Neuro Clinical Coordinator/Stroke Program Coordinator are pictured receiving the Innovation Award from Dr. Michael Dobbs, MHCM, Director of The UKHealthcare/The Norton Healthcare - Stroke Care Network and Lisa Bellamy, RN, BHS, CPHQ, Managing Director of the Stroke Care Network. The award was presented at the Network’s Annual Summit in Lexington.