Bon Secours Richmond Neurology

Treating Stroke

Should you or a loved one experience a stroke, there are experts ready to help. At Bon Secours Neuroscience Institute, physicians are standing by to treat blood clot–related strokes by administering clot-busting medications and with advanced neuroendovascular procedures that mechanically remove a clot from a blood vessel in the brain. Additionally, Bon Secours can treat an aneurysm-related stroke with neurointerventional surgery.

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

  • Emergency Department nursing staff trained and certified above the requirements for Primary Stroke Center 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 American Board of Neuroscience Nursing 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

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 dignity and motivates you to re-learn basic skills that may have been affected by your stroke, such as walking, eating, dressing and swallowing.

Rehab teams are made up of:

Physical Therapist (PT)

Helps stroke patients with difficulty walking and maintaining balance; teaches exercises to strengthen muscles for walking, standing and other activities.

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Helps stroke patients learn strategies to manage daily activities such as eating, bathing dressing, writing or cooking.

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Helps stroke patients re-learn communication skills such as talking, reading and writing. Additionally, speech language pathologists share strategies to help with swallow challenges.

How to recognize a stroke

Be Fast
  • B
    Balance
  • E
    Eyes
  • F
    Face
    drooping
  • A
    Arm
    weakness
  • S
    Speech
    difficulty
  • T
    Time to
    call 911