(TOLEDO, OH) April 26, 2023 - Approximately 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year [1] and one in four survivors will have another one. To recognize the resiliency and dedication it takes to rise up against stroke, The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, recognizes ProMedica Toledo Hospital Stroke Team as this year’s national Voters’ Choice Hero.

“We are extremely honored and grateful to accept this award from the American Stroke Association,” said Julie Shawver PA-C the ProMedica Toledo Hospital Stroke Coordinator and ProMedica Regional Telestroke Development Coordinator. “The ProMedica Toledo Hospital Stroke Team is dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based, compassionate care to our patients and to improving stroke care for future generations through research and legislative initiatives. This award is a great testament to our work and we cannot wait to see how this team continues to positively impact stroke care for years to come!”

  • Voters’ Choice Hero: ProMedica Toledo Hospital Stroke Team, Toledo, Ohio
    The ProMedica Toledo Hospital Stroke Team takes a holistic approach to stroke prevention and care. It raises awareness and money to support stroke patients with limited financial means through its BE FAST 5K Run/Walk. It led the implementation of a countywide EMS protocol that gets acute stroke patients to the hospital faster — and then successfully advocated for a statewide rollout. And it has sent team members as far away as Pakistan to teach interventionalists how to perform neuroendovascular procedures.

The American Stroke Association’s annual Stroke Hero Awards honor stroke survivors, healthcare professionals, and family caregivers. The Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health and research for all, celebrates these heroes during American Stroke Month this May and proudly advocates for stroke survivors year-round.
Overcoming a stroke requires immense strength and dedication, and every person’s experience is unique. Stroke Heroes are being recognized for outstanding efforts in educating, inspiring, and raising awareness about stroke.

The Voter’s Choice Award is selected via online votes in a nationwide competition.

Stroke is the No. 5 killer in the U.S. and a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Those who have had a stroke often must work against physical, emotional and cognitive changes to move forward. To do so requires strength and support. 

For more information, visit www.Stroke.org/HeroAwards.


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is a relentless force for a world with fewer strokes and longer, healthier lives. We team with millions of volunteers and donors to ensure equitable health and stroke care in all communities. We work to prevent, treat and beat stroke by funding innovative research, fighting for the public’s health, and providing lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based association was created in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit stroke.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For Media Inquiries:
Katie Kwapich: katie.kwapich@heart.org
For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
heart.org and stroke.org

[1] Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics–2022 Update: Summary Circulation.2022;145:e153–e639. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000001052