GHS earns stroke center certification

  • Friday, August 1, 2014

Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital have earned advanced certification as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission, the accrediting body for hospitals in the United States.

Georgetown County has the third-highest incidence of stroke in the state. To raise awareness about the dangers of stroke and to care for the community, both hospitals offer stroke programs.

Both Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw have a dedicated stroke care unit, as well as round-the-clock services for emergency care, brain imaging, lab work and treatment – all delivered by specially trained professionals. Waccamaw is home to the region’s only inpatient acute rehabilitation unit, where stroke patients receive intensive therapy to aid their recovery.

In addition, both hospitals are partners in MUSC Health’s telestroke program, which provides 24-hour consultations with medical specialists, and classes on stroke prevention are offered to the community.

The stroke certifications are the fourth such recognition for Waccamaw Community and the third for Georgetown Memorial. Both hospitals have earned Joint Commission certification for hip and knee replacement, and Waccamaw has also achieved childbirth certification.

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