• Stroke Program

  • Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center


    Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Joint CommissionSt. Catherine Hospital has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. A hospital must demonstrate strict adherence to guidelines and quality improvement, which includes rapid patient evaluation and treatment. The accreditation at SCH demonstrates the facility's commitment to deliver top-notch care to stroke patients.

    Since strokes can result in permanent disabilities, it is absolutely vital for patients to be treated quickly. A patient has a very short window of 3 to 4.5 hours from the onset of stroke symptoms to receive clot-busting medication. Since rapid, early stroke care has the best outcomes, it is crucial for patients to seek emergency-room care immediately upon demonstrating symptoms. These may include difficulty speaking, facial drooping, weakness on one side of the body and a severe headache.

    The best way to reduce risk is to regularly see your physician.
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