Colorado Springs–Senator Lucia Guzman of Colorado (D-34) will be honored as the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery’s (SNIS) inaugural Legislator of the Year at their 14th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs.
The Society has chosen to honor Senator Guzman as its inaugural awardee because of her leadership in improving Colorado’s stroke systems of care. Last April, Senator Guzman led the efforts to pass a joint resolution encouraging the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to update its stroke protocols. The resolution passed unanimously in both chambers.
“Senator Guzman has been instrumental in helping improve our state’s systems so that more Coloradoans have access to the best possible stroke care. As a Colorado resident and physician, I’m honored to have worked alongside her and applaud her dedication to ensuring more patients survive stroke,” said Dr. Don Frei, a stroke surgeon and president of SNIS.
In 2016, SNIS launched the Get Ahead of Stroke campaign, an initiative working across the country to improve systems of care for all stroke patients. In June, the Arizona Governor’s Regulatory Review Council adopted a new rule to encourage first responders be trained in identifying severe stroke patients who are experiencing the blockage of a large blood vessel (an emergent large vessel occlusion or ELVO), then transport these patients to the facility best-equipped to treat them. Several other states have also updated, or are in the process of updating, their stroke care guidelines, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Tennessee.
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