Primary Stroke Center

Southeast Hospital’s stroke care program is nationally-recognized for excellent care and outcomes.

GWTG2018Our recognitions include:

  • Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers
  • Stroke Center Level II designation through Missouri’s Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

It's important to know when someone may be having a stroke. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you or someone you love experiences one or more symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1.

B.E. F.A.S.T.

If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, follow the B.E. F.A.S.T. protocol.

Balance: Does the person have sudden loss of balance or trouble walking?

Eyes: Is the person suddenly having trouble seeing in one or both eyes?

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 words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?

Time: Call 911

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The guidelines – Stroke Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get Wit The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years and achieving Time to Intravenous thrombolytic Therapy 60 minutes in 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Prompt, Effective Stroke Care

Southeast Hospital treats more than 400 patients annually for stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack — a warning sign of a future stroke).Our Primary Stroke Center offers timely, effective care that improves the likelihood for positive outcomes.

Patients who arrive with stroke symptoms are promptly examined and sent for a CT scan to diagnose their condition. Brain-saving treatment begins immediately following stroke diagnosis. Treatment is most effective within a three-hour window of the onset of symptoms.

Full-Continuum of Stroke Care

Southeast’s full continuum of stroke care includes:

Southeast Neurosciences has a dedicated stroke team with an evidence-based protocol for treating stroke patients using advanced neurosurgery technologies and comprehensive inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation services.

Missouri’s TCD System brings together the 911 emergency response system, ambulance services, and hospitals to deliver an integrated approach to providing quicker response to stroke.