Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.
Heritage Valley Health System is committed to providing the highest quality care for stroke patients. Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley hospitals are both recognized as Primary Stroke Centers of Excellence by the Joint Commission. This certification identifies our programs as capable of prompt evaluation and treatment of any potential stroke patient who comes to our facilities.
Having the stroke center designation reduces response times for area residents suffering from stroke symptoms. This means our patients won’t need to travel far for care and will receive treatment in the critical time as symptoms occur. Heritage Valley works closely with local EMS services and developed a refined process for assessing symptoms.
A key aspect of Heritage Valley’s stroke response teams is the “telestroke” system Heritage Valley has developed with Pittsburgh hospitals. Patients and Heritage Valley Beaver physicians are connected by real-time video to stroke neurologists at UPMC facilities, and Heritage Valley Sewickley physicians are connected to stroke neurologists at Allegheny General Hospital.
Additionally, Heritage Valley's Beaver and Sewickley hospitals have also been awarded Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus achievements by the American Heart Association for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.