Virginia Paul Coverdell National Stroke Program

Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program (PCNASP)
CDC DP 21-2102 funded by the CDC

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Named in honor of the late Senator Paul Coverdell of Georgia, who died of a massive stroke in 2000, the primary goal of the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry (GCASR) program is to improve the care of acute stroke patients in the hospital and pre-hospital settings. The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control Paul S. Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry cooperative agreement and was established in 2001 as a prototype project implemented by the Emory University School of Medicine. Full implementation and incorporation into the State’s Department of Public Health (DPH) began in 2005.    


  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in Virginia.
  • Stroke Death Rates have increased over recent years.
  • Time is Brain - Most stroke patients do not arrive to the hospital within the treatment window, leading to increased death & disability.
  • Significant disparities in death and hospitalization rates exist for African Americans, advanced age, and lack of appropriate stroke care access in rural and underserved areas.
  • Stroke Recognition, Stroke Triage, Stroke Treatments, and Stroke Follow up are key to improve Stroke Outcomes in Virginia.
  • Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program (PCNASP) CDC DP 21 2102 funded by the CDC.