Augusta Health's Rehabilitation Program
The treatment care team at Augusta Health is made up of several healthcare professionals who attend to patients' medical, physical, emotional, social, and recreation needs. Therapy includes traditional rehab (working on strength, balance, range of motion, and speech) with innovative programs such as education, community re-entry, home evaluation, aquatic therapy, and animal-assisted therapy.
Stroke? Act F.A.S.T
A stroke is a brain attack that cuts off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
Don't delay in assessing symptoms. "Treatment time is critical," says Shelley Payne, CTRS. Augusta Health physicians can give patients a clot-busting medicine called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within three hours from the onset of the first sign of a stroke for patients who qualify for such treatment. Time lost is brain lost. If you or a loved one has symptoms, get emergency care.
Here’s an easy and F.A.S.T. way to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms:
- Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arm. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does his or her speech sound slurred or strange?
- Time. If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1. Every minute counts in treating stroke.
Get The Support You Need
The Shenandoah Valley Stroke Club support group promotes stroke education for patients, families and caregivers in the community. To learn more, call Shelley Payne, CTRS, coordinator of the Shenandoah Valley Stroke Club, at (540) 33 2-4047.