In 2015, Kendall Regional Medical Center was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the State Agency for Health Care Administration, which nationally recognizes the hospital for providing the highest quality of care for patients diagnosed with stroke.

Kendall Regional Medical Center is also certified as a primary stroke center by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Our stroke program has met stringent requirements and has demonstrated that the program follows national standards and guidelines in order to significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

This designation demonstrates Kendall Regional Medical Center’s commitment in providing quality healthcare services to its community.

The program is made up of a highly trained multidisciplinary stroke team that includes clinical nurse specialists, a quality manager, neurologists, rehabilitation physician, emergency room physicians, bedside nurses and physical therapists. As part of its commitment to provide the community with the best possible stroke care, Kendall Regional Medical Center’s stroke team is available on-site 24 hours a day.

Kendall Regional Medical Center is the proud recipient of the 2014 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines’ Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when a part of the brain’s blood supply is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts. When blood flow is blocked, brain cells die because oxygen and nutrients cannot get through.

Know the Warning Signs

Symptoms occur suddenly. They differ depending on the part of the brain affected. Also, multiple symptoms can happen at the same time. If you notice any of the symptoms below, call emergency help right away. Getting help immediately is important, because brain tissue dies quickly when deprived of oxygen.

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion
  • Sudden trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance, or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Evidence shows that timely treatment from a skilled team like we have Mercy Hospital can greatly increase your chances of recovery.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Additional Resources on Stroke

For more information on stroke symptoms, risk factors and statistics, please visit our Health Library.