Welcome to the Primary Stroke Center at Lake City Medical Center. Being certified as Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission since 2017 allows us to offer you expertise in the treatment of stroke care. We are dedicated to promoting the health of patients and members of our community. For you, this means that we will provide you the highest level of stroke care based on national guidelines (Get With The Guidelines) established by the American Heart/Stroke Association.

The American Heart/ Stroke Association and Joint Comission Recognize LCMC's commitment to success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care based on nationally accepted best practice standards and recommendations. Consistently LCMC as a Primary Stroke Center has demonstrated compliance with stroke core measures.

Stroke resources

Know the signs and symptoms of stroke...

The more time that goes by before treatment is received the more brain is lost.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss or balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Think FAST..to help you remember

F is for facial numbness or weakness, especially on one side

A is for arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side

S is for slurred speech, or difficulty speaking or understanding

T is for time; it’s time to call 911 if any of the above symptoms are present because every second counts

Important DO NOT’s:

  • Do not lay down and wait to see if you feel better
  • Do not call or wait for someone to drive you to the hospital
  • Do not drive yourself to the hospital
  • Do not ignore the symptoms

Stroke symptom test

To test if someone is experiencing stroke symptoms, try these simple tests.

F(ace) - Facial droop:

Have patient smile or show teeth (look for asymmetry).

Normal: Both sides of the face move equally or not at all.
Abnormal: One side of the patient’s face droops.

A(rm) - Motor weakness:

Arm drift (close eyes, extend arms, palms up).

Normal: Remain extended equally, or drifts equally or does not move at all.
Abnormal: One arm drifts down when compared with the other.

S(peech):

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” (repeat phrase).

Normal: Phrase is repeated clearly and correctly.
Abnormal: Words are slurred (dysarthria) or abnormal (aphasia) or none.

T(ime) person was known to be normal: __