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Comprehensive Stroke Center
St. Dominic’s received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers in 2016. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. St. Dominic’s is the first hospital in Mississippi to earn this advanced certification.
St. Dominic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center offers rapid diagnosis, high-tech intervention, expert care and intensive rehabilitation in a caring, compassionate setting. Under the leadership of neurologist Ruth Fredericks, M.D., Medical Director, St. Dominic’s is capable of delivering the full spectrum of care to seriously ill patients with stroke and cerebrovascular disease.
- 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 seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
These warning signs can be remembered easily by the acronym ACT F.A.S.T.:
- 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
Stroke risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Heavy alcohol use
- Physical inactivity and obesity
- Atrial fibrillation
- Family history of stroke
Get help immediately if you suspect a stroke may be occurring. Call 911 and have the ambulance go to the nearest certified stroke center, such as St. Dominic’s.
The chief component of the program is a highly collaborative, expertly-skilled team of clinical professionals who direct and provide evidence-based care for every stroke patient. The program provides care to the adult population of central Mississippi and outlying rural areas. Services provided include:
- Emergency Department
- Hospitalist Medical
- Adult Neurology
- Interventional Radiology
- Acute Rehabilitation and Outpatient Rehabilitation
- Critical Care
Carotid Artery Stenting
The carotid arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain. Over time, plaque can build up in these arteries, resulting in Carotid Artery Stenosis. Without treatment, a patient is at risk for stroke. It is important to evaluate all treatment options. To treat carotid artery stenosis, St. Dominic’s Interventional Radiology Department offers a minimally invasive procedure called Carotid Artery stenting. It is a non-surgical procedure in which catheters are used to place a stent in the area of restricted blood flow. The stents help to widen the artery and allow for full, restored blood flow to occur.
The stenting procedure is an alternative to a more traditional procedure called a Carotid Endarterectomy.
A known risk of both procedures is that a stroke can be caused by plaque fragments breaking off into the bloodstream. It is important to have this procedure at a Comprehensive Stroke Center so that any complications can be managed in real time, quickly and effectively.
As a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, St. Dominic’s team of experts treat the most complex cases and have proven better outcomes for patients.
St. Dominic’s Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center strives to (1) coordinate timely identification and transport of stroke patients to the emergency department, (2) deliver timely and accurate diagnosis, (3) provide a comprehensive range of interventions and treatments, (4) provide a comprehensive range of rehabilitation services, (5) provide individual patient and community education on prevention strategies, early identification and appropriate response.
St. Dominic’s Tele-stroke program connects St. Dominic’s neurologists to patients in St. Dominic’s emergency department and to patients in outlying hospitals’ emergency departments using a telemedicine cart and laptop connections. Neurologists are able to quickly and efficiently provide a diagnosis and best treatment options using the technology.
The level of recovery from strokes is often greatly impacted by what action is taken in the first few hours after a stroke is discovered. With telemedicine, a suspected stroke patient can be seen by a specialist and receive an initial treatment at the community hospital long before he
or she could have been transported directly to St. Dominic’s.
St. Dominic’s is currently partnered with six Mississippi hospitals as part of its tele-stroke program:
- King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven
- Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood
- Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland
- Baptist Medical Center-Attala in Kosciusko
- Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville
- South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel
St. Dominic’s West Tower
971 Lakeland Drive, Suite 557
Directions: From Lakeland Drive, turn into the hospital campus. Take the first left and drive toward the St. Dominic’s Medical Mall entrance. Park in the open parking lot to your left. Enter at the St. Dominic’s Medical Mall entrance and take the elevators up to the fifth floor of the West Tower.
To admit a patient to St. Dominic Hospital, call 601-200-2777.
To schedule a stroke follow-up appointment, call the Stroke Clinic at 601-200-4560.
For more information about St. Dominic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, contact St. Dominic’s Stroke Services office at 601-200-3699.