Stroke Center

The Stroke Center at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) specializes in the comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with stroke symptoms. LGMC offers a team of dedicated professionals who are highly skilled and dedicated to improving the care and ultimate outcome for stroke patients though a rapid triage response, evidence-based treatment approaches, patient/family support and ongoing stroke education.

After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, LGMC earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approvalfor certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We are now highlighted on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Stroke Center Near You” website, signifying that LGMC is providing "next generation stroke care."

This certification means Lafayette General has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes. LGMC offers its stroke services 24 hours / 7 days a week.

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation's first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at 
http://www.qualitycheck.org/.

With seven neurologists and nine neurosurgeons on staff, backed by a host of critical care specialists, Lafayette General continues to work diligently to ensure that stroke protocols meet national benchmarks for best practices.

LGMC's Stroke Program offers the full continuum of care from the Emergency Department all the way to rehabilitation at LGMC's Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Unit. A Stroke Support Group meets in the hospital’s Owen Auditorium at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.
 
Warning signs and symptoms of stroke:
  • 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
If you, or someone you are with, has one or more stroke symptoms that lasts more than a few minutes, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1. DO NOT drive yourself. DO check the time when the first warning sign or symptom began. You or the person who is with you will be asked this important question later.

After a stroke, it may seem that no one understands what you're going through. You may feel isolated and adrift. The Acadiana Stroke Support Group is here to help. We are a support system for survivors and families, to provide that 'life raft' of hope and understanding on the road to recovery. Register online today or for more information, call 289-7740.