Stroke Treatment and Prevention
THE ONLY PRIMARY STROKE CENTER IN THE MIDLANDS OF SOUTH CAROLINA
The experts are here. The technology is here. The extraordinary care is here, 24/7.
Palmetto Health obtained designation as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission.
The Stroke Center is led by Souvik Sen, MD, MS, MPH, an internationally recognized stroke neurologist, and chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Sen joined to the Palmetto Health team to develop a stroke center to serve the midlands of South Carolina, where there was previously a significant gap in stroke care. The Stroke Center at Palmetto Health Richland is a multidisciplinary program that cares for patients throughout the hospital, from the Emergency Department to the Stroke Unit, and incorporates state-of-the-art approaches to caring for those patients affected by stroke. The team of dedicated providers surrounding their care includes:
neurocritical care neurologists
emergency medicine physicians
speech therapistsrespiratory therapists
CT & MRI Technologists
nurses with special care emphasis on stroke
Because a stroke cannot be scheduled
The stroke team, often referred to as the "Brain Attack Team" (BAT). is ready 24/7 to treat the citizens of Richland, Lexington and surrounding counties who are victims of stroke. The stroke team is well versed in the treatment of all types of brain attacks; the ischemic stroke (reduced blood flow due to a blood clot), hemorrhagic stroke (reduced blood supply due to a blood vessel bursting), TIA (trans-ischemic attack - "mini-stroke"), AVM (arteriovenous malformation), and cerebral aneurysm. Using the clot busting drug, tPA, is just one of the life-saving protocols used at the Stroke Center. The expertise of the medical staff involved in the stroke program allows for many alternatives that are not available around the clock at other hospitals. The team of neurologists that help to make up the stroke team are part the esteemed faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Time is of the essence in evaluating stroke. Palmetto Health is home to the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging featuring 3 Tesla (3T-MRI), which allows better visualization to assess stroke quickly.
In addition, Palmetto Health boasts two of a select few of physicians in South Carolina, specifically trained in interventional stroke treatment procedures. Dr. Blease Graham III and Dr. Sharon Webb are both trained in various technologies to reverse the blockages caused by ischemic strokes. These techniques can retrieve clots causing the blockage of blood supply to the brain tissue. Graham and Webb are also able to treat brain aneurysm with a technique called coiling.
Interventionalists use the latest technologies - Penumbra and the Merci Retrieval System - to help ensure the best patient outcomes following stroke. The Penumbra procedure is used to restore circulation in the brain by aspirating the clot, and the Merci Retrieval System removes blood clots from vessels deep in the brain. Palmetto Health is home to the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging featuring 3 Tesla (3T-MRI), which allows better visualization to assess stroke quickly.
The most advanced options for recovery
Palmetto Health is committed to reducing death and disability from stroke. Not only do our excellent physicians provide care at the bedside of the stroke patient, but also participate in sophisticated clinical trials to better the outcomes of stroke patients everywhere. Many times, patients at Palmetto Health will qualify for this cutting edge research.
Since stroke and heart disease are often related, the patients at Palmetto Health have the luxury of having a state-of-the art dedicated Heart Hospital right next door that offers a highly trained cardiac team as a resource for the stroke patient.
For more information, call Kelly Hawsey, MA, BSN, CFRN, CCEMT-P, Manager, Stroke Center, at 803-434-7788.
Disclosure of Financial Relationships for The University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Palmetto Health Continuing Medical Education Organization Planning Committee:
No relevant financial relationships exist for the committee members below:
Richard Alia, MD
John Beasley, MD
Douglas Bull, MD
Thomas Edwards, MD
Sarena Grayzck, MD
Robert Grumbach, MD
Greta Harper, MD
Susan J. Keeshan, MD-Chairman
Charlotte Lindler, MD
Mark Mayson, MD
Cam McLain, MD
Robert Milling, MD
Peggy Toliver-Dingle, MD
Jonathan Nwanagu, MD
Kenneth Grant, MD
Drew Royall, Director Case Management
Pamela Stephens, CME Manager
Emily Clark, MHA, CME Coordinator
Financial relationships exist for the committee members below:
Kathleen Kelly-Goodwin, Director Quality, Other Financial Benefit - Tri Anim