01/03/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/03/2018 19:39
Cerritos, CA-On Monday, January 8 Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn will host a press conference and ribbon cutting to mark the launch of a Mobile Stroke Unit in the Southeastern region of LA County. The Mobile Stroke Unit is part of a pilot program run by UCLA Medical and funded by both the philanthropic efforts of the Arlene and Henry Gluck Foundation and the County of Los Angeles.
A Mobile Stroke Unit is a specialized ambulance equipped with a portable CT scanner and clot busting drugs which allow medical professionals to diagnose and treat strokes in the field. By restoring blood flow to the brain before a patient arrives at the hospital, mobile stroke units can save lives and prevent long-term brain damage and disability associated with strokes. The technology is new and this particular Mobile Stroke Unit is the first in the Western United States
This Mobile Stroke Unit will begin responding to stroke related emergency calls starting Monday in the cities of Cerritos, Artesia, Bellflower, Lakewood, Paramount, Signal Hill, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, and La Mirada as well as the area of unincorporated Whittier. In the past year, firefighters working in those areas have responded to 818 stroke calls with 221 of those calls coming from Cerritos.
This Mobile Stroke Unit launch comes just 6 months after the Board of Supervisors passed a motion authored by Supervisor Hahn to fund the mobile stroke unit pilot program.
What: Supervisor Hahn holds Press Conference to Launch Mobile Stroke Unit
When: Monday, January 8 at 10am
Where: Fire Station #30 19030 Pioneer Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703
Who: Supervisor Janice Hahn
LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby
Philanthropist Henry Gluck
Dr. May Nour, UCLA Medical Center
Representatives from Long Beach Memorial Hospital
Visuals: Ribbon cutting and opportunity for media to take photos and video of the interior and exterior of unit.
Interested media should rsvp to Liz Odendahl at [email protected] or can reach her at her cell at (213) 379-6301.