Stroke Prevention

Time is Brain

Use F A S T – To remember the warning signs of stroke

F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T – Time: If you observe any of these signs. Call 9-1-1.

Telestroke Technology is Now Available at Madera Community Hospital

Madera Community Hospital has partnered with Dignity Health Telemedicine to provide timely access to high quality specialized healthcare services that are not readily available. The hospital had a "Name That Robot" contest, and our winner was Marco Gomez from our Chowchilla Medical Center. The winning name was H.O.P.E. which stands for Helping Our Patients Everyone. The nurses and physicians at Madera have received specialized training to ensure the highest quality outcome for our stroke patients.

Pictured is Robert Poythress, Board of Trustees President, Evan Rayner, CEO and Marco Gomez, contest winner from Chowchilla Medical Center.

Stroke is the 4th cause of death in the United States. Every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke, and every 3 minutes someone dies from a stroke. Twice as many women die from stroke than from breast cancer, 60% of stroke survivors are left moderately to severely impaired, making it the leading cause of disability. Blood vessels that carry blood to the brain are called arteries. Each artery supplies blood to specific areas of the brain. A stroke occurs when one of these arteries to the brain either is blocked or bursts. As a result, part of the brain does not get the blood it needs, and it starts to die.

80 % of strokes are preventable! Modifiable risk factor include high blood pressure, excessive use of alcohol, illicit drugs, carotid artery disease, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, physical inactivity, and stress.

Signs could mean a stroke, look for an uneven smile, slurred speech, weakness in arm and legs, if any of these signs are present you should contact 911.

Madera Community Hospital follows the national stroke association and the national heart Association guideline for best practice and protocols when treating our stroke patients.

Our goal is to become a Stroke Certified Hospital in 1 to 1½ years.

Madera Community Hospital conducted Mock Stroke staff training on April 23 and 24, 2015. HOPE RP7's first day on the job was April 29, 2015.