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Stroke Care on the Move

Photo of the Mobile Stroke Unit truck, which includes “UCLA Health,” “In partnership with LA County,” “Sponsored by Arline & Henry Gluck Foundation,” “Santa Monica Fire Department,” and “For signs of stroke, call 911.”
Philanthropy launches the UCLA Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue Program and attracts grant support from Los Angeles County to expand services.

It’s hit the road! Previously you read about the UCLA Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue Program, established through the couple’s generosity. It features a mobile stroke unit equipped with a CT scanner that immediately determines whether a patient needs a clot-busting drug and can administer the drug en route to a hospital. The pilot program, part of a national clinical trial on mobile stroke units and the only one on the West Coast, officially launched September 11.

Delivering Immediate Intervention

On average, 50 people suffer a stroke in Los Angeles County every day. According to UCLA interventional neurologist Dr. May Nour, who oversees the program, “Beginning treatment in the crucial first hour can be the difference between a father being with his children as they grow up or spending the rest of his life in a nursing facility.”

A Partnership That Promotes Care

In a case of private giving that gave rise to grants, L.A. County contributed funds so that the two-and-a-half-year pilot program, which currently serves Santa Monica, will expand to serve other parts of Los Angeles County. Possible areas include Compton, Carson, Long Beach, and Westwood.

The Gluck Stroke Rescue Program, a collaboration among the Arline and Henry Gluck Foundation, the Santa Monica Fire Department, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is another example of work at UCLA that reaches well — and does good — beyond campus.

Published December 2017

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