The St. Joe’s Stroke Program

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.

Be “Stroke Smart” Know and Control Your Risk Factors

Risk Factors You Can Control

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Heart Valve Problems
  • Smoking
  • Elevated Blood Cholesterol Levels
  • Carotid Artery Disease

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.

Be aware of the warning signs and Think FAST!

F = Face

  • Ask the person to smile
  • Does one side of the face droop?
  • Visual changes

A = Arm

  • Ask the person to raise both arms.
  • Does one arm drift downward?
  • Arm and/or leg weakness

S = Speech

  • Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
  • Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T = Time

  • If you observe any of these signs, call 911 or get to the nearest hospital immediately.

Learn more about the St. Joseph Stroke Program

To learn more about our stroke center, contact Kristin Miller BSN, RN for more information at 610-378-2492. We would be happy to answer your questions or meet with you.

Stroke Support Group

The Stroke Support Group is open to all stroke survivors, families and caregivers. It is an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and strength, increase education and awareness surrounding strokes, mini strokes and TIA’s. Registration is not required and the Stroke Support Group is free to join and open to the community. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month. It will be held in Room #1126 (first floor, 1 North conference room) at St. Joseph Medical Center from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Contact Kristin Miller BSN, RN for more information at 610-378-2492.
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What is TeleStroke?

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.

Patient Benefits

  • Time saved is brain saved
  • Faster treatment improves recovery
  • Treatment may be provided at our ED, reducing the need for travel to another hospital

Pre-hospital staff

  • St. Joseph Regional Health Network is a certified stroke center
  • Act 54 has set forth guidelines for pre-hospital providers to transport a patient with stroke symptoms to the closest stroke center.
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