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A stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone else is showing signs of a stroke, time is crucial. Early action can minimize complications and ultimately people have better outcomes.
The staff at St. Joseph Medical Center is educated and committed to caring for the unique and specialized needs of the stroke patient and their support system.
Risk Factors You Can Control
Controlling these risk factors may reduce the possibility of having a stroke. Please call your physician so they may advise you about any changes you may need to make. Every patient needs to have an individualized plan of care developed in order to help prevent a stroke from occurring.
F = Face
A = Arm
S = Speech
T = Time
To learn more about our stroke center, call us at (610) 378-2491. We would be happy to answer your questions or meet with you.
If you are a stroke survivor, care taker or family member, you are invited to join our informal monthly FAST, Family and Stroke Support Team. If interested please call (610) 378-2491. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month, beginning in April. It will be held in the 1 North conference room from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
TeleStroke, a partnership between St. Joseph Regional Health Network and Penn State Hershey, is designed to
improve patient care by way of telemedicine.
How does it work?
The telestroke program provides real-time remote audio-visual access to a neurological consult with a stroke
neurologist or neurosurgeon. When a suspected stroke patient arrives at our emergency department (ED), the ED
provider calls the TeleStroke number and is connected to a stroke expert. Using a sophisticated computer system and a webcam, Penn State Hershey physicians provide consultation, examine the patient, review scans, and speak to the patient and family in real-time. A treatment recommendation is made and the local ED physician determines the best course of action.