South Pointe Hospital has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This Gold Seal of Approval ™ signifies that South Pointe Hospital’s stroke program has been evaluated and meets stringent national guidelines for advanced stroke care. As a certified Stroke Center, South Pointe Hospital is held to the highest standards in the areas of consistency, quality and patient safety, which means the highest level of care for your family.
South Pointe Hospital is one of seven Cleveland Clinic locations to have earned certification as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission.
In addition, South Pointe Hospital offers some of the most comprehensive stroke care in the region. Using state-of-the-art technology and the latest in innovative treatment options, our specialists are skilled in diagnosing and treating patients quickly – significantly improving your health situation and recovery time.
At South Pointe Hospital you will receive superior stroke care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Stroke – What You Need to Know!
The first three hours after a stroke are the most important, because stroke treatments are proving to be extremely effective when administered as soon as possible after the onset of a stroke. It is crucial that warning signs of a stroke are recognized quickly and that the stroke patient be taken immediately to a Primary Stroke Center such as South Pointe Hospital.
Warning signs of a stroke include:
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Sudden unexplained dizziness or lack of balance
- Sudden vision impairment, especially in one eye
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Sudden slurred speech
- Sudden droop on one side of the face
The National Stroke Association uses the following information to help people act quickly in recognizing symptoms and getting help. It is recommended to act “F.A.S.T.”
F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech: Ask the person to speak a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, then it’s time to call 9-1-1.