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.

BE FAST

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.

Clinical Stroke Team

NGMC’s Clinical Stroke Team follows stroke patients during their inpatient stay to provide the most effective care. This team makes rounds on all ischemic stroke patients while in inpatient care, with the goal of optimizing care by initiation of early rehabilitation and prevention of complications.

Our expert care team includes:

  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • A neuropsychologist
  • Case managers

Why Choose NGMC?

Primary Stroke Center

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville has been accredited as a Primary Stroke Center since 2010, demonstrating our commitment to excellence in stroke care. It was the first hospital in the state of Georgia to gain this accreditation from DNV GL Healthcare. In 2020, NGMC Barrow and NGMC Braselton were also accredited as Primary Stroke Centers.

CARF Stroke Specialty Certified

NGMC’s inpatient rehabilitation unit was one of the first 20 in the nation to receive Stroke Specialty Certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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: