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Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, which means it is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Complex Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care.

As a Stroke Center of Excellence, the care provided by Fort Sanders Regional and Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center physicians and staff is second to none. We proudly hold a Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission, as well two separate stroke accreditations from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We achieve such designations by having a committed medical team, excellent nursing and therapy services, and state-of-the-art diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and affect more than 795,000 Americans each year.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted by a blocked or broken blood vessel. When a stroke occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. When the brain cells die, they release chemicals that set off a chain reaction that endangers brain cells in a larger surrounding area of brain tissue. Without prompt medical treatment, this larger area will also die. When brain cells die, the abilities that area of the brain controls are lost or impaired. The degree of recovery depends on the amount of brain cell death. To learn more about the three types of strokes, click here.

There are several steps you can take to prevent stroke.  The first is to know your risk for having a stroke.  A stroke assessment will help you identify steps you may need to take to lower your risk level.  There are also several prevention guidelines to help you guard against the possibility of stroke.

Warning signs of Stroke

  • One-sided weakness, numbness, or paralysis
  • Blurred or decreased vision
  • Difficulty speaking and understanding speech
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Sudden severe or unexplained headache
Call 9-1-1 and seek medical attention immediately if you think you may be having a stroke.

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Fort Sanders Receives GOLD Stroke Quality Award

 Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center was recently awarded the Gold Stroke Quality Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.  This award recognized Fort Sanders for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals and at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance with 5 or more Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.





If you think someone is having a stroke, do this simple test:


Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Ask the person to raise
both arms. Does one
arm drift downward?

Ask the person to repeat
a simple sentence.
Are the words slurred?
Is the sentence
repeated correctly?

If the person shows any
of these symptoms,
time is important.

Call 911.