Primary Stroke Center

Information for Healthcare Professionals

For more information visit the National Stroke Association

Wooster Community Hospital has been accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. The Stroke Team at WCH rapidly evaluates and directs the treatment for all stroke patients. For patients who qualify, clot dissolving therapy can be administered within three hours of the stroke occurring.

A member of the stroke team is available 24 hours, 7 days a week to quickly assess patients and determine eligibility for available therapies. Always remember stroke is a medical emergency; time is the most important factor in the effective treatment of stroke; early recognition of symptoms and notifying 911 immediately is essential.

FAST Signs of Stroke

  • F - Face -uneven smile/droop?
  • A- Arms- one drift down?
  • S- Speech- slurred or strange
  • T-Time- Call 9-1-1 with signs of stroke

Stroke Information

Fro more information about stroke please visit the Stroke.org's, What is Stroke? page

Stroke Risk Factors

What happens when a stroke occurs?

The National Stroke Association: What happens when a stroke occurs?

Support Group

Step by Step Stroke Club is a support group for stroke survivors and their family to share ideas and help solve problems that occur after a stroke.  More information can be found under support groups, or call Sherri Atanasov at 330-263-8417.

Special Services

Stroke Services
Stroke Services

Stroke services include

  • Multidisciplinary team members including highly specialized stroke experts.
  • Fast stroke treatment time. Two million brain cells die each minute during a stroke.
  • State-of-the-art procedures and technologies for the diagnosis of stroke.
  • A full range of acute inpatient and aftercare services available for patients who have experienced a stroke.
  • Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit offers special care and education programs for those who have experienced a stroke.
  • Stroke Support Group

Next Steps

Neurology
Neurology

Neurodiagnostic Testing Services are performed by Registered Technologists and Neurologists.  Testing in our Neurodiagnostic Lab is performed with confidence and state-of-the-art digital equipment. If you would like more information about Wooster Community Hospital's neurological services please visit the Neurology page.

Next Steps

Vascular Lab
Vascular Lab

The Vascular Laboratory at Wooster Community Hospital provides blood flow evaluations on the veins and arteries of the legs, arms, and neck. Testing is performed using ultrasound and Doppler equipment that produces images of blood vessels as well as blood flow information. For more information about the Wooster Community Hospital Vascular lab please visit the Vascular Lab page.

Next Steps

Blood Flow Screening
Blood Flow Screening

For the benefit of our community, Wooster Community Hospital has developed a superior blood flow screening to identify potential risk factors associated with the onset of a stroke, peripheral arterial disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm. For more information please visit the Blood Flow Screening page.

Next Steps

Support Groups
Support Groups

At Wooster Community Hospital, we have found that support groups provide an important source of emotional and psychological benefits for our patients, former patients their friends and families. The following groups meet at Wooster Community Hospital. If you would like to learn more please visit the Support Groups page.

Next Steps

2014 Silver Plus Award
2014 Silver Plus Award

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving at least 12 consecutive months of 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators and at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance on at least 5 of the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.