The University of Kentucky HealthCare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network recognized The Medical Center at Bowling Green with the Karpf Award and the Hero Award for its work in improving stroke care.
As an affiliate in the Stroke Care Network, The Medical Center has access to UK's expertise and resources.
The Karpf Award is named after Dr. Michael Karpf, who served as UK’s executive vice president for health affairs from 2003 until 2017. The Karpf Award is given to those who promote the concept of a stroke system of care and participate in statewide stroke care improvement initiatives.
The Hero Award is given to stroke centers that have the fastest door-to-treatment time for the stroke clot-buster drug Alteplase. When given to eligible acute ischemic stroke patients as soon as possible after arrival, Alteplase may help restore blood flow to the area of the brain affected by the stroke.