Marshall’s Primary Stroke Center
Comprehensive, Time-Sensitive Stroke Treatment in El Dorado County
A stroke is a medical emergency where blood is cut off from the brain,
potentially leading to physical and mental disabilities or even death
if not treated quickly. Receiving treatment within the first three hours
of a stroke greatly increases your chances of recovery, which is why it’s
important to know the warning signs and call 911 immediately if you or
someone near you is displaying symptoms.
El Dorado County residents can rest assured that Marshall Medical Center
-- certified by the
Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center -- has a specialized team ready to care for
patients when the need arises.
Patients who arrive at Marshall undergoing a possible stroke can expect:
- Comprehensive, time-sensitive stroke treatment
- Use of the most current interventional medicine
- State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment onsite
- Specially trained doctors and nurses
- All stroke treatment procedures certified by stringent Joint Commission standards
Stroke treatment begins in Marshall's Emergency Department and Level
III Trauma Center and continues as needed in our accredited, acute care
hospital as needed as well as our extensive outpatient services during recovery.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to
the brain is either blocked by a clot or it bursts. When this happens,
part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and brain cells
begin to die.
If blood flow can't reach the region of the brain that controls a particular
body function, that part of the body won't work as it should. Stroke
can cause paralysis, vision or language problems, behavioral changes or
memory loss. Strokes are also the fifth leading cause of death for Americans
and a leading cause of long-term disability among adults, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Stroke Awareness: Know Your Risk
When a stroke occurs, time lost is brain lost. There are treatments that
can help reduce the risk of damage from most common strokes if given within
hours of the onset of symptoms.
Remember these stroke warning signs:
- 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 sentence. Are the words slurred?
Can he or she repeat the sentence correctly?
- TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important because
brain cells are dying. Call 911 or get to a hospital FAST.
Nationally Recognized Stroke Care
Since 2015, Marshall has been recognized by the American Heart/American
Stroke Association with its Gold Plus award, recognizing the hospital’s
stroke care procedures. Marshall’s stroke team is also nationally
recognized as a 5-star facility by hospital consumer ratings organizations.
In order to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission,
we must have in place specific, time-sensitive guidelines and process
for treatment of possible stroke patients and pass an intense survey by
Joint Commission inspectors. Marshall earned certification in 2013 before
repeating the honor – which the Joint Commission awards every other
year – in both 2015 and 2017. We take a great deal of care to ensure
all our processes meet or exceed requirements for care.
If this is an emergency, call 911. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Marshall Medical