Stroke Systems Work Group
In 2006, the California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Treatment Task Force was charged with writing California’s Master Plan for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Treatment (Master Plan). The Master Plan was written to guide and coordinate the efforts of the many organizations, agencies, and individuals who are stakeholders in reducing death and disability from heart disease and stroke. The stroke system of care proposed in the Master Plan is consistent with the position statements of expert groups, as well as with the vision being realized by other states across the nation.
The Task Force members recognized the many technical and policy issues inherent in the development of an acute stroke care system and recommended the establishment of a work group. In 2007, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the California Department of Public Health convened the Stroke Systems Work Group, composed of statewide stakeholders including neurologists, emergency physicians, specialty nurses (neurology and emergency medicine), EMS providers, local EMS administrators and medical directors, hospital representatives, public health professionals, and voluntary health association representatives. The Stroke Systems Work Group was charged with establishing implementation strategies for a stroke system of care and providing continuing guidance as the system is developed in California.
The Recommendations for the Establishment of an Optimal Statewide System of Acute Stroke Care: A Statewide Plan for California reports the findings and recommendations of the Stroke Systems Work Group. The intent of this document is to develop a system of care that assures that every Californian will receive the highest level stroke care available.
Recommendations for the Establishment of an Optimal Statewide System of Acute Stroke Care: A Statewide Plan for California (PDF, 1.8 MB)