Primary Stroke Center
With a stroke, Time is of the Essence
According to the American Heart Association, more than 795,000 people suffer from a stroke each year. Diseases, conditions, age and lifestyle habits are contributing factors that can lead to a stroke. Stroke is an emergency where every minute counts. Use the acronym F.A.S.T. to quickly identify stroke symptoms and react swiftly.
- Face—Facial droop, uneven smile
- Arm—Arm numbness, arm weakness
- Speech—Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
- Time—Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately
Research has proven if a stroke is identified and treated within three hours of its occurrence, treatment is more effective and recovery time is lessened.
Good Shepherd Medical Center is certified as a Primary Stroke Center with the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval. As the only hospital in Longview that provides dedicated neurohospitalists and neurosurgery coverage every day of the year, Good Shepherd is standing ready to care for patients with stroke symptoms. With results that exceed national benchmarks, Good Shepherd cares for an average of 60 stroke patients each month. And, with a combined team of experienced, highly trained clinical staff, you can rest assured you will receive the advanced care for which Good Shepherd has become known. Good Shepherd is also recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for earning Bronze Performance Achievement Hospital Recognition for achieving at least 90 consecutive days of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. So, use your head when you or a loved one may be experiencing a stroke. Choose Good Shepherd.