Senator Randy Gardner Tuesday introduced legislation designed to improve patient care for stroke victims in Ohio.

Gardner, a member of the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee, was joined by a bipartisan group of senators who co-sponsored his legislation.  Senate Bill 221 would establish a recognition system in Ohio for hospitals seeking to be comprehensive strokes centers, primary stroke centers and acute stroke ready hospitals.

“I am pleased that this legislation has already generated positive, bipartisan support in the Senate,” Gardner said.  “The central issue for us is whether Ohio is doing enough to provide the best stroke care possible with accurate information available to the public.  We believe we can do better.

“This legislation will be a first step in providing information that can result in cost savings and better health care outcomes for patients.”

Stroke is a rising health care concern in Ohio and the nation.  Stroke occurs somewhere in the United States every 40 seconds, with 143,000 deaths occur each year due to stroke and complications from stroke.

Gardner admitted that some in the health care community will have other suggestions as to ways to improve stroke care.  “We welcome other ideas in this fight to improve care,” Gardner said.

Joining Gardner as co-sponsors are Senators Patton, Brown, Hughes, Cafaro, Seitz, Lehner, Manning and Turner.

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