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Coverdell Stroke Program

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The Ohio Coverdell Stroke Program is a data driven quality improvement program. Our mission is:

To achieve the triple aim of better health, improved quality and reduced costs, the Ohio Coverdell Stroke Program is committed to improving the quality of stroke patients’ care in acute inpatient settings, and improving the quality of their care transitions by reducing preventable complications that would reduce all-cause hospital readmission rates among patients discharged with stroke.

The program has two components:

Acute Inpatient (Hospital) Component: This component provides training, technical assistance and quality improvement resources to participating hospitals to improve the quality of care they provide to patients who have had a stroke. Participating hospitals are required to report their stroke treatment data to ODH through the Get With The Guidelines® data reporting platform. Currently 42 hospitals are participating in this component.

Transitions of Care (TOC) Component:  The Ohio Coverdell Program began the TOC component of the program in 2012. The initial phase involved engaging Coverdell hospitals and many other healthcare partners in setting the aim, selecting potential strategies, and establishing measures to meet the TOC goals. Read more about TOC.

Chronic Disease Map GalleryThe Ohio Coverdell Stroke Program (Coverdell) is implemented by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), with federal funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state general revenue funding from ODH.

CDC Coverdell funding is nationally competitive, and is currently awarded to state health departments in eleven states. In 2012, CDC expanded the scope of Coverdell beyond acute inpatient treatment to add a pre-hospital emergency services component and a post-hospital transition of care component. ODH is one of only three state health departments in the nation that receives TOC funding from CDC. Additional details are available on the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry webpage.

For more information, please email odhhdsp-coverdell@odh.ohio.gov or call 614-466-2144.

Last Reviewed 11/15/13