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S2:E16: "What it takes to go from a Primary Stroke Center to a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center Designation – An interview with Dr. John Whapham and Amanda Kalinsky." Recorded January 4, 2021

January 18, 2021 EMS on AIR Season 2 Episode 16
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S2:E16: "What it takes to go from a Primary Stroke Center to a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center Designation – An interview with Dr. John Whapham and Amanda Kalinsky." Recorded January 4, 2021
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S2:E16: "What it takes to go from a Primary Stroke Center to a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center Designation – An interview with Dr. John Whapham and Amanda Kalinsky." Recorded January 4, 2021
Jan 18, 2021 Season 2 Episode 16
EMS on AIR

Over the past decade, numerous advances have been made in the treatment of stroke patients.  During that time, stroke center designations have evolved.  Designating bodies across the US generally recognize four stroke center levels. These four levels have been created in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Starting with the highest level of care, they include:

  • Comprehensive stroke centers 
  • Thrombectomy capable stroke centers
  • Primary stroke centers
  • Acute stroke ready hospitals


In this episode, we sit down with two stroke experts from Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital.  Dr. John Whapham, MD, MS, FAAN, FSNIS, the Medical Director of Neuro Interventional Surgery, and Amanda Kalinsky, MS, AGACNP-BC, RN, CCRN, Nurse Practitioner and the Stroke and Neuroscience Program Manager.  They are here to discuss what it takes for a hospital to advance its stroke center capabilities and designation.  Specifically, their hospital is going through the process advancing from a Primary designation to a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center designation. 

Both guests have experience with advancing a hospitals stroke center designation.  They are currently completing the process of advancing from a Primary designation to a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center designation.  They’ll help us appreciate what it takes for a hospital to advance their stroke center certification.  In addition, they’ll give us their opinion on the use of stroke severity scales by EMS to identify and measure potential strokes.  Finally, we list and describe key things that every EMS crew should consider each time they encounter a potential stroke patient. 

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Show Notes

Over the past decade, numerous advances have been made in the treatment of stroke patients.  During that time, stroke center designations have evolved.  Designating bodies across the US generally recognize four stroke center levels. These four levels have been created in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Starting with the highest level of care, they include:

  • Comprehensive stroke centers 
  • Thrombectomy capable stroke centers
  • Primary stroke centers
  • Acute stroke ready hospitals


In this episode, we sit down with two stroke experts from Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital.  Dr. John Whapham, MD, MS, FAAN, FSNIS, the Medical Director of Neuro Interventional Surgery, and Amanda Kalinsky, MS, AGACNP-BC, RN, CCRN, Nurse Practitioner and the Stroke and Neuroscience Program Manager.  They are here to discuss what it takes for a hospital to advance its stroke center capabilities and designation.  Specifically, their hospital is going through the process advancing from a Primary designation to a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center designation. 

Both guests have experience with advancing a hospitals stroke center designation.  They are currently completing the process of advancing from a Primary designation to a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center designation.  They’ll help us appreciate what it takes for a hospital to advance their stroke center certification.  In addition, they’ll give us their opinion on the use of stroke severity scales by EMS to identify and measure potential strokes.  Finally, we list and describe key things that every EMS crew should consider each time they encounter a potential stroke patient. 

Visit EMSonAIR.com for the latest information, podcast episodes and other details. 

Follow us on Instagram @EMSOnAIR.

Please keep emailing your questions, comments, feedback and episode ideas to the EMS on AIR Podcast team by email at [email protected].  

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/emsonair?fan_landing=true)