03Jan

Media Advisory: Supervisor Janice Hahn to Launch Mobile Stroke Unit in Cerritos

Cerritos, CA—On Monday, January 8 Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn will host a press conference and ribbon cutting to mark the launch of a Mobile Stroke Unit in the Southeastern region of LA County.   The Mobile Stroke Unit is part of a pilot program launched by UCLA Health and funded by both the philanthropic efforts of the Arlene and Henry Gluck Foundation and the County of Los Angeles.

A Mobile Stroke Unit is a specialized ambulance equipped with a portable CT scanner that allows medical professionals to diagnose and treat strokes in the field.  By eliminating debilitating delays in treatment, mobile stroke units can save lives and prevent or reduce the long-term brain damage and disability associated with strokes. The technology is new and this particular Mobile Stroke Unit is the first in the Western United States

This Mobile Stroke Unit will begin responding to stroke related emergency calls starting Monday in the cities of Cerritos, Artesia, Bellflower, Lakewood, Paramount, Signal Hill, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, and La Mirada as well as the area of unincorporated Whittier.  In the past year, firefighters working in those areas have responded to 818 stroke calls with 221 of those calls coming from Cerritos.

This Mobile Stroke Unit launch comes just 6 months after the Board of Supervisors passed a motion authored by Supervisor Hahn to fund the mobile stroke unit pilot program.

What: Supervisor Hahn holds Press Conference to Launch Mobile Stroke Unit

When: Monday, January 8 at 10am

Where: Fire Station #30 19030 Pioneer Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703

Who:   Supervisor Janice Hahn

LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby

Philanthropist Henry Gluck

Dr. May Nour, UCLA Medical Center

Representatives from Long Beach Memorial Hospital

Visuals:  Ribbon cutting and opportunity for media to take photos and video of the interior and exterior of unit.

Interested media should rsvp to Liz Odendahl atlodendahl@bos.lacounty.gov or can reach her at her cell at (213) 379-6301.