Experienced surgeons and specialists.
When your brain and nervous system—the command center for your life—are at risk, you want the best care in the business. That means the most experienced surgeons and specialists, the latest technology, and a successful track record of helping people recover their health and regain critical skills. At LewisGale Regional Health System, we’re recognized for our quality of care—and we get results.
If you suspect a stroke, remember to act FAST to identify symptoms:
- FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Your first choice.
When you choose LewisGale, you choose a health system that excels in brain, nervous system and stroke care. Through our partnership with neurologists, you benefit from our patient-centered care, including:
- Quick action, speedy diagnosis and immediate treatment for neurological conditions and stroke, vastly improving your chances of recovery
- Advanced technology, such as intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery—a minimally invasive choice sometimes known as Synergy S—to treat brain tumors and other neurological disorders
- A nationally-accredited Stroke Center at LewisGale Medical Center
Health professionals involved in your care collaborate in weekly multispecialty team conferences and coordinate their efforts to ensure you receive the best possible treatments with the best possible results.
Explore the full range of stroke, brain and nervous system conditions we treat at LewisGale.
Advanced Technology: Precision and accuracy.
Take advantage of our brain, nervous system and stroke care technology for detailed imaging, which leads to more accurate diagnoses and more targeted treatment.
- Digital biplane angiography (3DRA) — This high-resolution tool supports effective diagnosis involving blood vessels or tumors in the brain and spine
- Tests and imaging services, including electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), advanced MRI, CT and ultrasound—providing important assessments and detailed images that are key for precise diagnosis and treatment
Our minimally invasive options result in shorter surgeries with better outcomes, including more tumor cells removed in a single procedure, less time in the hospital and a quicker return to daily life.
EMS and LewisGale.
Time = Brain. Delays can cost you brain cells when you’re having a stroke. All our hospitals work with EMS providers in their local communities to deliver brain-saving care within the critical first three hours after symptoms appear. We can administer new clot-dissolving drugs and help avoid permanent brain damage, diminished capacity or death. Together, our fast actions and response give you the greatest chance of recovery that preserves the best possible quality of life.
Stroke alert for FAST response.
When EMS notifies us of a potential stroke patient—or when someone with stroke symptoms arrives directly at our hospital—we call a Stroke Alert. That’s our well-established and highly integrated process for fast response, diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
- Calling a Stroke Alert starts the process of delivering rapid treatment within the critical first three hours of a stroke and improves your chances of a more thorough recovery.
- If you call 911 and you’re identified as a stroke patient by EMS, our continuous treatment begins before you even get to the hospital—which improves the care you receive across our continuum of services.
- Then, we follow you all the way through our ER, into intensive care, rehabilitation and beyond.
You can rely on us for the fast response and effective treatment you need to save your brain and protect your quality of life. Our stroke care program offers a range of medical and surgical interventions, as well as stroke rehabilitation services for inpatients and outpatients who may have experienced:
- Ischemic stroke — Loss of blood flow to the brain, resulting from a clot-blocked artery
- Hemorrhagic stroke — Bleeding into the brain, resulting from a ruptured artery in the brain
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA) — An episode that starts like a stroke but resolves itself without noticeable symptoms
Stroke rehabilitation and recovery.
After your stroke, we partner with you on the road to recovery. Our LewisGale Rehabilitation Services include inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy, all enhanced by the latest technology, such as FES Cycle for functional electrical stimulation, which helps you regain skills and independence.
Stroke resources and support.
When you’re treated for stroke at one of our LewisGale hospitals in Southwest Virginia, you become part of our family for life. And we arm you with a range of stroke-related resources and recovery information.
- The Stroke Center in our online Health Library
- Sports Medicine through LewisGale facilities and partner sites offer customized, physician-directed treatment programs for rehabilitation and injury prevention for any age, sport or skill level
- American Stroke Association’s Stroke Family Warmline at (888) 478-7653) for free patient support services that help families learn about stroke
- American Stroke Association (ASA), offering the latest version of the ASA Patient and Family Stroke Education Handbook
- National Stroke Association, with a helpful online guide Explaining Stroke