For its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines, Southampton Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, according to a hospital statement.
“This recognition, together with the creation of the new Audrey & Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center, demonstrates that Southampton Hospital is able to provide the expertise and medical intervention critical to preventing death and long-term disability,” hospital President and CEO Robert S. Chaloner said.
Chaloner encouraged everyone to learn to spot a stroke. “Symptoms may include: 1) numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg; 2) sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech; 3) sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; 4) sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance; 5) sudden severe headache. If you have any of these symptoms or observe them in someone else, call 911 immediately.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
“Spot a Stroke” cards with the warnings signs are available by calling 631-726-8700 extension 6.