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The Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (KHDSP) State Action Plan promotes improved diagnosis of hypertension and improves stroke treatment. The KHDSP in partnership with the KHDSP Task Force leads the effort to transform cardiovascular health approaches and practices in the state using collaborative workgroups to turn knowledge into behavioral change and increase use of evidenced-based guidelines for health systems change.

Program Categories of Work

  1. Surveillance and epidemiology
  2. Environmental approaches
  3. Health systems improvements
  4. Community-clinical linkages 

The strategies for KHDSP are to promote reporting of blood pressure and initiate activities to promote clinical innovations, team-based care and self-monitoring of blood pressure; promote awareness of high blood pressure among patients; increase implementation of quality improvement pro​cesses in health systems; 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 

Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (1)

  • Baptist Health, Louisville

Comprehensive Stroke Centers (4)

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

Primary Stroke Centers (20)

  • Baptist Health Hardin, Elizabethtown
  • Baptist Health, Paducah
  • Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester
  • Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Frankfort
  • Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center, Hazard
  • Jewish Hospital, Louisville
  • King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland
  • Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Somerset
  • Lourdes Hospital, Paducah
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, Louisville
  • Norton Hospital, Louisville
  • Owensboro Health, Owensboro
  • Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville
  • St. Elizabeth, Edgewood
  • St. Elizabeth, Florence
  • St. Elizabeth, Ft. Thomas
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington
  • Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Louisville
  • The Medical Center, Bowling Green
  • TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, Bowling Green

Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals (15)

  • Baptist Health La Grange, La Grange
  • Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan, Stanford  
  • Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital, Harrodsburg
  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville
  • Georgetown Community Hospital, Georgetown
  • Harlan ARH Hospital, Harlan
  • Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg
  • Middlesboro ARH Hospital, Middlesboro
  • Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Louisville
  • Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, Mt. Sterling
  • St. Elizabeth, Covington
  • St. Elizabeth, Grant
  • T.J. Samson Community Hospital, Glasgow
  • The Medical Center at Franklin, Franklin
  • Whitesburg ARH Hospital, Whitesburg
Updated: February​ 2023​
Sources: The Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program and the American Heart Association

Reports and Data

KHDSP Task Force Strategic Map and Plan 2020 - 2023 

Kentucky Stroke Registry Annual Report 2021

Previous reports can be requested using the contact information below.​