Stroke is an emergency. Every second counts – ACT FAST
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and the fourth leading cause of death. Stroke is reversible if treated rapidly in the first few hours. Our team relies on the acronym “FAST”, which describes the symptoms and emphasizes that time is essential to cure. FAST stands for “FACE, ARM, SPEECH and TIME” denoting symptoms that require rapid treatment.
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. A team of physicians, nurses, and rehabilitation specialists 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.
- Saint Agnes has received special award status from the American Stroke Association since its inception in 2007.
- Saint Agnes Hospital has received the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for stroke care for four conswecutive years.
- Named one of the “Best Hospitals” for Stroke and Circulation edition of U.S. News & World Report for four consecutives years.
Stroke Support and Wellness
Our group is held the 4th Thursday of each month from 2:30pm - 3:45pm. All stroke survivors and family members are welcomed, no matter where you had your stroke treatment! For more information or to register, please call 410-368-3246.
Stroke Warning Signs-Act FAST
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
Ashley Ried, RN, BSN, Stroke Program Coordinator
Larissa M. Selby, OTR/L, Rehabilitation Neuro Practice Leader