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Ga. EMS Agency Receives State Award for Stroke Care

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service was recognized by Dr. Pat O’Neal, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, for outstanding performance and participation in the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program. The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention works to improve cardiovascular health through public health strategies and policies that promote:

  • Healthy lifestyles and behaviors
  • Healthy environments and communities
  • Access to early and affordable detection and treatment

One of the programs funded is the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program. CDC provides funding to Georgia’s state health department to set up surveillance systems that measure, track, and provide data to improve the delivery and quality of stroke care among acute stroke patients.


The goal of the Coverdell Program is to ensure that all Americans receive the highest quality of acute stroke care available to reduce untimely deaths, prevent disability, and avoid recurrent strokes. MetroAtlanta Ambulance is one of nineteen EMS providers throughout Georgia that measure, track and provide data into the Paul Coverdale surveillance system.


Devan Seabaugh, vice president with MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service stated, “We are excited to receive this recognition. One of the goals of bringing EMS into the Coverdell system was to enhance communications between EMS providers and local hospital stroke programs. The result of the enhanced communications has been phenomenal. As we quickly recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke in the prehospital setting, we alert the receiving hospital who quickly mobilizes a stroke care team to be waiting for our arrival in the emergency department. We have significantly decreased the time it takes to mitigate a blockage or hemorrhage in the brain resulting in better outcomes for our patients."

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