Illinois senator calling for more stroke research
On January 21, 2012, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, a representative of Illinois, suffered a stroke.
On January 21, 2012, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, a representative of Illinois, suffered a stroke. It wasn't until nearly one year later that Kirk came back to his office on Capitol Hill, having to endure a strenuous year-long recovery. Since his return to the Senate, Kirk is now aggressively hoping to pass a new bill that will increase the number of money spent toward stroke research, as well as look to improve stroke rehabilitation facilities all across the country.
The current proposed bill being put forth by Kirk aims to implement a better standard for centers devoted to stroke rehabilitation. There is no current nationally controlled level of care available for stroke victims, mainly due to universities, hospitals and doctors reserving their own individual rights to execute recovery programs however they seem fit. The Kirk-Johnson Rehabilitation Improvement Act would help establish a respected level of cohesion and communication between stroke research facilities, that would eliminate instances of money being spent on experiments and examinations already being duplicated by other privately funded research establishments.
The research that Kirk is primarily focused on being achieved is through promoting a modernized platform of stroke rehabilitation that reflects a current need for new and improved forms of therapy. There are more than 30 national rehabilitation groups that are in favor of supporting the Kirk-Johnson Rehabilitation Improvement Act, and Kirk appears confident that more momentum can be seized.
"As a stroke survivor, I know better than most the value stroke research and rehabilitation plays in helping patients return to work and lead fulfilling lives," Kirk said in a public address. "Right now there are too many differing practices among rehabilitation networks, resulting in a scattering of resources. It is my mission to optimize the entire rehabilitation system to give others the opportunity to have the absolute best quality of care possible."
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