Stroke and Stroke Center Information

The New York State Coverdell Stroke Quality Improvement and Registry Program (Coverdell)

Congress appropriated funds to establish the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry (NASR), which has been in existence since 2000. The registry is named after Paul Coverdell, the U.S. Senator from Georgia who died of a stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has continued to fund the registry and tracks the care delivered to hospitalized stroke patients in order to monitor and improve the quality of stroke care.

In July 2012, the NYSDOH was awarded a grant from the CDC to implement a quality improvement initiative to improve in-hospital care for acute stroke. New York now joins 10 other states in the Coverdell Registry: Arkansas, California, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin. With this grant, NYSDOH proposes to engage in statewide quality improvement activities that expand and strengthen the existing Quality Improvement (QI) program for acute stroke, known as the New York State Stroke Designation Program. Two programs within the NYSDOH (the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and the Stroke Designation Program) have collaborated and will develop and implement a focused QI program that will:

  1. Increase the use and reporting of data on indicators of stroke care collected from the stroke designation hospitals;
  2. Develop both aggregate and hospital-specific reports on stroke outcomes collected through SPARCS; and
  3. Provide technical assistance to support both data quality assurance and in-hospital stroke care program quality assurance.

Forty-seven hospitals have chosen to participate in the DOH Stroke Quality Initiative.