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Emergency Care

Primary Stroke Center Certification

When it comes to a stroke, seconds matter. The faster a patient experiencing a stroke can be evaluated and treatment started, the lower the risk of disability and death.

To help expedite leading-edge stroke care in west Georgia and east Alabama, Tanner Health System hospitals have earned distinction as accredited destinations for advanced stroke care.

Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton and Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica have each earned an Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers designation from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (.pdf) and The Joint Commission. Higgins General Hospital in Bremen holds a designation in Advanced Disease-specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals — a similar designation delegated to critical access hospitals.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

At Tanner, the clinical team, which includes a highly qualified neurohospitalist, has received advanced training in the latest stroke care protocols. A robust telemedicine system also has been implemented, allowing certified neurologists to be virtually on staff in the emergency departments around the clock, using secure technology platforms to patch in and evaluate, diagnose and prescribe treatment for stroke patients. Tanner continues care through its rigorous rehabilitation services and follow-up care.

These designations mean that high-quality, around-the-clock care for stroke is available close to home.

Find a listing of Tanner’s regional, 24-hour emergency departments here.

Are you up-to-speed on stroke? Take our quiz. Learn more about the effects of stroke and how to recognize the warning signs early. You can also read more about stroke in Tanner’s The Scope.

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