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Stroke Care

Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers a comprehensive approach to stroke care, from early intervention treatments in the ER to inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services helping patients regain function and independence.

Early Intervention

Early intervention for stroke patients is critical. There are treatments that can reduce the risk of damage from the most common type of stroke, but only if treatment is delivered within three hours of the onset of symptoms.


Call 911 immediately at any sign of a stroke. The acronym BE FAST helps you remember that when a stroke strikes, seconds count, and recognizing the sudden onset of any of the following symptoms can save someone's life.

Efficiency in Care

NGMC's ER utilizes numerous tools to provide high quality and efficient care to stroke patients.

  • Our team follows the National Institute of Health's Stroke Scale to evaluate stroke patients.
  • We work to meet or exceed national benchmarks in "Door-to-CT" and "Door-to-Needle" times (the amount of time between when a stroke patient arrives in the ER and when they undergo a CT or receive tPA, lifesaving blood clot-busting medications).
  • We work closely with EMS for pre-notification of a potential stroke victim during transport so staff is ready and waiting when the patient arrives.

Why Choose NGMC?

We have been recognized for Excellence in Stroke Care at three of our hospital campuses.

NGMC Gainesville

NGMC Gainesville has received the following recognitions for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care:

NGMC Braselton

NGMC Braselton has received the following recognitions  for its commitment to advancing stroke care: 

NGMC Barrow

NGMC Barrow has received the following recognition for its comittment to advancing stroke care:

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