(210 ILCS 50/3.117.5)
    Sec. 3.117.5. Hospital Stroke Care; grants.
    (a) In order to encourage the establishment and retention of Comprehensive Stroke Centers, Primary Stroke Centers, and Acute Stroke-Ready Hospitals throughout the State, the Director may award, subject to appropriation, matching grants to hospitals to be used for the acquisition and maintenance of necessary infrastructure, including personnel, equipment, and pharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke patients. Grants may be used to pay the fee for certifications by Department approved nationally-recognized certifying bodies or to provide additional training for directors of stroke care or for hospital staff.
    (b) The Director may award grant moneys to Comprehensive Stroke Centers, Primary Stroke Centers, and Acute Stroke-Ready Hospitals for developing or enlarging stroke networks, for stroke education, and to enhance the ability of the EMS System to respond to possible acute stroke patients.
    (c) A Comprehensive Stroke Center, Primary Stroke Center, or Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital, or a hospital seeking certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Primary Stroke Center, or Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital or designation as an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital, may apply to the Director for a matching grant in a manner and form specified by the Director and shall provide information as the Director deems necessary to determine whether the hospital is eligible for the grant.
    (d) Matching grant awards shall be made to Comprehensive Stroke Centers, Primary Stroke Centers, Acute Stroke-Ready Hospitals, or hospitals seeking certification or designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Primary Stroke Center, or Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital. The Department may consider prioritizing grant awards to hospitals in areas with the highest incidence of stroke, taking into account geographic diversity, where possible.
(Source: P.A. 98-1001, eff. 1-1-15.)