- John H. Potvin
Chair, RI HEARTSafe Community Program Advisory Group
The Rhode Island Stroke Task Force crafted and submitted The Stroke Prevention and Treatment Act of 2009 to establish an inclusive and coordinated system of care for stroke patients in Rhode Island. The legislation passed in June 2009. This system includes the designation of Rhode Island Primary Stroke Centers, acute care hospitals maintaining readiness to treat stroke patients, the triage and transportation of stroke patients by emergency medical services providers, and the continuous improvement of quality care for individuals with stroke.
The implementation of this legislation currently provides for:
The mission of the Rhode Island Stroke Coordinators Network is to establish a network for mutual and professional support and collaboration to improve the quality of acute stroke care and reduce the risk and burden of cardiovascular disease