Hospital launches drive to become stroke center |

Hospital launches drive to become stroke center

A drive was launched at noon today for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital to become a nationally recognized primary care center for strokes.

Though the Grass Valley hospital handles some stroke patients, hospital officials are trying to achieve national standards of expertise for improved care.

To attain it, the hospital’s foundation is trying to raise at least $100,000 for the training and a special $65,000 robot that can link round-the-clock to a local neurologist or other Primary Stroke Centers.

“The demographics of our community show we are ripe for strokes,” said Gil Mathew, referring to the county’s large aging population which is most susceptible to them.

According to foundation Director Kimberly Parker, almost $20,000 has already been raised, and the target date for the rest is April 1.

To donate or find out more, call the hospital foundation at 477-9700 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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