The First Few Minutes are Vital
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. And a leading cause of permanent disability, the first few minutes are vital.
As a designated primary stroke center and one of the first hospitals in the state of Maryland to have an acute stroke center, the Team is experienced in leading the patient back to an independent lifestyle. The Rehab staff and Neurologists provide education for the patient and family members on stroke warning signs, individual risk factors and life style changes to modify the risk of a recurrent stroke. Patients receive a complete stroke workup and Neurology consult. An evaluation by our rehabilitation department is included for early mobilization and an ease of the discharge planning process.
Occupational and physical therapists, speech/language therapy, care management and a social work team are provided to the patient during the rehabilitation period. Using a state-of –the- art-simulated neighborhood, independence square, located inside the hospital, encourages the patient to achieve everyday life experiences. “While medical science can provide survival after a stroke, it takes the discipline of rehabilitation to restore mobility and return quality to our lives. Independence Square greatly enhances the level of care we offer patients while helping them to achieve independence with dignity.” Carolyn Moore, Administrative Director of Rehabilitation Services.
A stroke program coordinator is available to answer questions, provide education and support to the patient and family members.
Stroke Warning Signs
If you see or have any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Provided by the American Heart Association.
- Saint Agnes Hospital is the recipient of the Gold Performance Achievement Award for stroke care.
- A two-time winner of the Silver Award in 2009 and the Bronze award in 2008 for stroke care.
- “Best Hospitals” edition of U.S. News & World Report and Stroke and Circulation.
For further information and questions,
Please contact the Stroke Team at Saint Agnes Hospital:
Marian P. LaMonte, M.D., M.S.N., F.A.H.A , Saint Agnes Hospital Chief of Neurology, and Chief of Integrative Neurology Specialists at Saint Agnes
Hospital x 8444
Larissa M. Selby, OTR/L, Rehab Neuro Practice Leader x2409