Stroke Support Close to Home

June 01, 2013

Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death in America, occurring every 40 seconds on average, and claiming a life every 4 minutes.

When it comes to stroke care, there are five good reasons to choose Providence: All five Providence Southern California medical centers are certified primary stroke centers. This means physicians and nurses are trained to treat stroke quickly, according to nationally established standards.

“The most important thing to know about a stroke center is you’re going to get rapid transport, assessment and treatment,” says Darcie Deal Fitzgerald, OT/L, stroke program manager at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, which in 2009 became the first South Bay hospital to achieve stroke certification. “Every minute that goes by, brain cells die,” Fitzgerald says. That means it is critical to go to a certified primary stroke center.

“It’s a rigorous process to gain certification,” Fitzgerald says. “Being a primary stroke center means we follow best practices for stroke care.”