Info from ADPH/OEMS - Stroke System Routing Change
Good afternoon,

On December 24, 2020, a temporary change was made in stroke system plan due to the COVID-19 surge of patients which caused significant delays in transfers from Level 3 Stroke centers to a higher level of care.  The change allowed for patient with stroke symptoms to be taken directly to a Level II or Level I Stroke center, if time permitted, instead of being taken to the closest available Level III Stroke center.  

With the reduction in COVID-19 surge and more hospital availability for transfers, the stroke plan alteration will be discontinued as of 0800, on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Beginning at that time, stroke system patients should be taken to the closest available stroke center.  

Thank you for your patience during the plan alteration. The Office of EMS is appreciative of your commitment to providing the best care for the citizens of Alabama.

Mr. Jamie Gray, BS, AAS, NRP
State EMS Director
Alabama Department of Public Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services
The Administrative Annex
208 Legends Court Prattville, AL 36066
P.O. Box 303017
Montgomery, AL 36130
Office: 334-290-3088
Fax: 334-206-0364