Stroke Services

Medical Center Hospital Stroke Services

Medical Center Hospital’s Neuro-Service Line is proud to announce a partnership with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association and their “Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Program”. Get With the Guidelines helps ensure continuous quality improvement of acute stroke treatment and ischemic stroke prevention. It focuses on care team protocols to ensure that patients are treated and discharged appropriately. Medical Center Hospital has a dedicated stroke unit staffed by nurses specifically trained in the care of stroke patients.

Medical Center Hospital has also received the Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission. Certificates of Distinction are given to elite hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients at every stage of their care. We are honored to receive this distinction, most importantly because it exemplifies our commitment to the care of the people of the Permian Basin.

For more information on MCH Stroke Services, call (432) 640-2331.

What Is Stroke

Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain is either blocked or bursts. When this happens, the affected part of the brain can no longer receive the blood and oxygen it needs to function and begins to die. Because the brain controls so many of the body’s vital functions, any amount of damage can be extremely serious or life threatening.

Know The Warning Signs!

Know the Warning Signs!

If you notice any of the following warning signs or symptoms of stroke, call 911 right away. Do not wait or attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. Do not call your doctor, family or friend – call 911 immediately! When these symptoms are present it is a serious medical emergency and every second counts.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

You can learn how to recognize if someone is having a stroke by thinking F.A.S.T.

F          FACE              Ask them to smile. Look for facial droop or an uneven smile.

A          ARM                Ask them to hold up both arms. Look for weakness or drifting of one arm.

S         SPEECH       Ask them to speak or repeat a phrase. Listen for slurred speech or difficulty speaking.

T          TIME               Time saves brain tissue! Call 911 if any of these symptoms are present.

Remember the time of symptom onset. This is important information needed to determine proper treatment.

Medical Center Health System Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group

The Medical Center Health System Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group meets every second Saturday of the month at noon at the MCH Center for Health & Wellness, located at 8050 East Highway 191 and Faudree Road.   From cookouts to fishing to a weekend at camp, this is not your typical support group. Planned activities are fun and family oriented to benefit both the stroke survivor and the caregiver. For more information on the MCHS Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group please call (432) 640-2331.

All meetings are from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the CHW classroom

  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 11 – Fishing Fandango at Comanche Trail Park
  • May 9 – Strike Out Stroke, 7:00 pm at Rockhounds game
  • June – No meeting
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 12
  • October 9-11: Stroke Camp in Merkel Texas (Buttman Methodist Camp) Visit www.strokecamp.org for more info
  • November 14
  • December 12

We will host Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp in the month of October (9th-11th) at Butman Methodist Camp and Retreat in Merkel Texas.
It is safe, handicap accessible, and lots of fun!

For more information on Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp. Call 1-866-688-5450 or Visit www.strokecamp.org.