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Access to intense, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, doctors say, is crucial for helping stroke survivors regain their independence.

(NAPSI)—Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability—in fact, it's even more disabling than it is fatal. The period following a stroke can be difficult for patients and their loved ones, as they grapple with the uncertainties of recovery.


For example, Sabrina Warren-White was a busy professional when a stroke in left her unable to speak or use her right side. She quickly began a rigorous rehabilitation program and can now speak, walk and use her right arm.


Doctor's Advice

Once acute medical issues are resolved, focusing on rehabilitation is paramount to helping people build their strength, capabilities and confidence, said Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, the Ruth L. Works Professor and Chairman for the Department of Neurology and Co-director for the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute and KY Clinic at the University of Kentucky.


"Most patients will recover to some degree, but a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation is crucial because it has been shown to result in better outcomes for patients," Dr. Goldstein added.


Access to coordinated and intense therapies after a stroke is important because the greatest amount of recovery tends to occur in the first 30 days, Dr. Goldstein said.


"Intensity of rehabilitation therapy matters," he pointed out. "Patients need access to good rehabilitation services and should continue to work at it, even after that initial recovery period."


Where To Turn

To help, the American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke initiative, nationally sponsored by Kindred Rehabilitation Services, raises awareness that stroke is largely beatable through high-quality rehabilitation, patient support, and implementation of Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Guidelines.


Patients and caregivers can access more information about recovery and how to make informed decisions at www.StrokeAssociation.org/recovery.

Valley Children’s Honored as “Best Children’s Hospital” by The Women’s Choice Award for Second Year in a Row

(Madera, California) – For the second year in a row, Valley Children’s Hospital has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital for 2019 by the Women’s Choice Award.


“We are honored to have the endorsement of such a trusted source for parents looking for the best care for their children,” says Valley Children’s Healthcare President and CEO Todd Suntrapak. “Even more significant is the national recognition our physicians, nurses and staff are receiving for their continued commitment to our kids. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the trust of our families. The true value of honors like these is that it recognizes the investment this community has made in Valley Children’s for more than 70 years. We will continue to work to honor that trust for generations to come.


“Our goal at the Women’s Choice Award is to help moms—and parents—make educated, confident decisions about where to take their children for a wide range of healthcare services,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “Our Best Children’s Hospitals award helps raise awareness of the top quality care offered for children—not only the critically ill—with specialists, services and technologies for their unique needs."


The list of winners, including Valley Children’s, represents hospitals that have met the highest standards for childcare.

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