When North Alabama Medical Center decided to become a Primary Stroke Center, we knew that the first step was to assemble an excellent team. Today, we have the neurosurgeons and neurologists in place to help you deal with a stroke — and, with the J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit at Shoals Hospital, we can offer treatment from the minute you arrive at the Emergency Department until the moment you complete acute rehab.
These medical professionals specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of strokes, headaches, seizures, Parkinsons, dementia, and other neurological and nervous conditions. If you experience a stroke, there’s a qualified medical professional at NAMC who can attend to you.
NAMC has received the The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center as well as the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award.
MINUTES MATTER when you’re having a stroke. A stroke can happen at any age. Any of these signs could indicate a stroke:
FACE: An uneven smile could be a sign of a stroke
ARM: Check to see if one arm is weak
SPEECH: Listen for slurred speech
TIME: Call 911 at the first sign, and get the patient to the emergency department at North Alabama Medical Center
A stroke could occur no matter how old you are, and the symptoms are very different from a heart attack. Use the FAST method – check Face, Arm, Speech and Time, and get the patient to the Stroke Center at NAMC as quickly as possible. MINUTES MATTER when you’re having a stroke!