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Time & experience matter during a stroke

When a stroke happens, timing is everything, and every second is critical. Immediate medical intervention is needed in order to reduce the chance of serious disability or death.

The Primary Stroke Center at Piedmont Medical Center is proud to be a part of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) stroke network, which allows our emergency physicians to connect with a team of interventional stroke neurologists 24/7. That means when the residents of York County and surrounding communities need us the most, we are there to help.

At Piedmont Medical Center, we have established a Stroke Center to offer the fastest and most effective care. Everyone who comes to our facility to get expert care in an emergency center.

  • Quality Stroke Care – Piedmont Stroke Center is equipped with all the latest diagnostic and therapeutic tools and technologies and has an expert neurology team that provides expert stroke care 24/7.
  • Recognition and Awards – Because of our commitment to offer the very best to all our patients, we have been recognized as Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.
  • Our Award-winning Neurosurgery Program – To keep up with our promise of continual improvement, we have also established a neurosurgery program at Piedmont Stroke Center.

Award-winning care

Piedmont Medical Center is a proud recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Achievement Award for Heart Failure by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, which recognizes us for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all heart failure indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals, and 75 percent or higher compliance with four of the nine heart failure quality measures to improve patient care and outcomes.

Our hospital also has Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification by the Joint Commission and earned the 2013 Center of Excellence Stroke award by Cigna.

Know the symptoms, act F.A.S.T.

For every minute that brain cells are deprived of oxygen during stroke, the likelihood of brain damage increases. The time it takes to receive treatment is critical, and the window is small. F.A.S.T. represents four key signs that help identify when someone might be experiencing a stroke.

Here’s how it works:

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?
Time - If someone is having trouble with these basic commands, call 911 immediately.

If you or your loved one experiences any of the three symptoms of stroke, you should immediately call 911 to get expert medical care.

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