Beyond the Hospital Program

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Beyond the Hospital is NCSA’s post-Stroke program that educates patients on secondary Stroke prevention and on post-Stroke issues. The program provides a patient education manual and includes three-month follow-up interviews to Stroke patients to help ensure improved care.

Beyond the Hospital is designed to:

  • Educate Stroke survivors, their families and their caregivers on secondary Stroke prevention and post-Stroke issues
  • Measure Stroke prevention education effectiveness, quality outcomes and post-Stroke needs with a three-month follow-up interview. Profile and outcomes reports are provided to each hospital.
  • Provide construct for any hospital to implement quality improvement and improve Stroke care across North Carolina.

With Beyond the Hospital, the patient and his or her family or caregivers all benefit from a program of education and adaptation. Quality patient education leads to improved medical outcomes, better quality of life and reduced risk of repeat Strokes.

"Beyond the Hospital includes follow-up to measure how effective the education was, allowing an opportunity for real quality improvement to better educate patients and families about Stroke and how to avoid another one. Through this program, any hospital, whatever size, can now carry out true quality improvement based on objective outcomes, with the potential to significantly improve Stroke care in North Carolina."

Dr. Charles Tegeler, Neurologist Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.

If you or a loved one are experiencing Stroke symptoms, call 911 and get to the hospital IMMEDIATELY! Treatments are available that may dramatically reduce a Stroke’s devastating effects—but they must be provided within a few hours of the onset of a Stroke.