Bon Secours Richmond Neurology

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When a stroke strikes, seconds count and your patients can count on Bon Secours’ neurology specialists to treat them quickly and professionally.

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital is the only non-academic facility to earn the highest level of stroke care certification in Virginia as a Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center. And every Bon Secours hospital in Richmond is a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Care Center, recognized for excellence and outcomes.

Experts at Bon Secours Neuroscience Institute treat strokes caused by a blood clot by administering clot-busting medications and with advanced neuroendovascular procedures to mechanically remove a clot from a blood vessel in the brain. Doctors may also treat an aneurysm-related stroke with neurointerventional surgery.

The highly trained interdisciplinary team of clinicians who are dedicated to our neuroscience & stroke patients include:

  • Emergency Department nursing staff trained and certified above the requirements for PSC Certification, trained to rapidly respond to a “Stroke Alert”
  • Board Certified Neurologists with a paging system dedicated to the stroke program “Stroke Alert”
  • Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists dedicated to the Neuroscience Unit for rapid rehabilitation evaluation and treatment services
  • Intensely trained staff of neuroscience nurses, many of whom are ABNN Board Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurses

Inside St. Mary’s Hospital specifically, the latest stroke technology is used to perform rapid evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke patients.

  • Point-of-care testing in the Emergency Department to provide lab results and imaging in minutes.
  • A 28-bed Neuroscience Telemetry Unit and Neuroscience Step-down Unit, with exclusively private rooms.
  • State-of-the-art, 64-slice CT scanner adjoining the Emergency Department for ultra-fast head imaging.
  • Bi-plane interventional imaging system for cerebral angiography, delivery of intra-arterial thrombolytics, and use of the MERCI ischemic stroke clot-removal system.

The Acute Rehabilitation Treatment Team

Experiencing a stroke can be frightening and overwhelming for your patient and their family members. They often leave the hospital with many questions about what happened and what to expect going forward.

The Bon Secours Stroke Clinic offers a special program to help patients recover and avoid future strokes. At their follow-up appointment one to two weeks after discharge, patients review imaging and test results with their doctor, discuss a rehabilitation plan and review their medications. Patients and family members can get answers to questions about their stroke and learn how to avoid future strokes.

The goal of acute stroke rehabilitation is to bring back as much independence as possible by improving physical, mental, emotional and social functions while in the hospital. The rehabilitation team achieves this in a way that maintains your patient’s dignity and motivates them to re-learn basic skills that may have been affected by their stroke, such as walking, eating, dressing and swallowing.

Rehab teams are made up of:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist

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