State representatives John-Michael Parker (D – Durham, Madison) and William Petit (R – Plainville, New Britain) co-sponsored H.B. 5273, which requires the Connecticut Department of Public Health to operate a stroke registry for the state using the American Heart Association stroke care program’s platform.
The local lawmakers praised the inclusion of the bill within the 2022 budget implementer. Prior to that, H.B. 5273 was passed out of both the Public Health and Appropriations committees on a strong bipartisan basis.
“I am thrilled that we were able to get this across the finish line this year,” said Parker. “This registry will allow healthcare providers to provide stroke victims with better, more personalized care. And anytime you can improve the quality of care and life for all people, that is the definition of good public policy. I also cannot thank Rep. Petit enough for his partnership in seeing this effort through.”
Petit said the stroke registry “is a great step forward.”
"The data it will collect will help analyze important information that will be shared among stroke providers in an effort to improve treatment algorithms,” Petit added.
Dr. Charles Wira, medical co-chair of the State of Connecticut Stroke Advisory Council, praised the stroke registry legislation, and the work done by Parker and Petit.
“Both Rep. Parker’s and Rep. Petit’s work proved to be so impactful that our Stroke Advisory Council, which represents all of Connecticut’s hospitals treating stroke patients, created an inaugural award and certificate of recognition for their extraordinary advocacy and support,” said Wira.