Primary Stroke Center
Mercy Hospital has been certified as a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Our stroke program has met stringent requirements and has demonstrated that the program follows national standards and guidelines in order to significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. This designation demonstrates Mercy’s commitment in providing quality healthcare services to its community.
Mercy Hospital is the proud recipient of the 2011 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.
The program is made up of a highly trained multidisciplinary stroke team that includes clinical nurse specialists, a quality manager, neurologists, rehabilitation physician, emergency room physicians, bedside nurses and physical therapists. As part of its commitment to provide the community with the best possible stroke care, Mercy’s stroke team is available on-site 24 hours a day.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when a part of the brain’s blood supply is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts. When blood flow is blocked, brain cells die because oxygen and nutrients cannot get through.
Know the Warning Signs
Symptoms occur suddenly. They differ depending on the part of the brain affected. Also, multiple symptoms can happen at the same time. If you notice any of the symptoms below, call emergency help right away. Getting help immediately is important, because brain tissue dies quickly when deprived of oxygen.
- Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance, or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Evidence shows that timely treatment from a skilled team like we have Mercy Hospital can greatly increase your chances of recovery. If you experience any of the above symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Additional Resources on Stroke
For more information on stroke symptoms, risk factors and statistics, please visit our Health Library and The American Stroke Association.