Patients who arrive at Berkshire Medical Center with signs of stroke will meet a team of experts delivering evidence-based treatment that is saving lives and reducing the disability that often accompanies stroke.
Using the highest standards of care, our stroke team at BMC has created a seamless initiative that includes early intervention, expert care in the Emergency Department, aggressive inpatient care, rehabilitation services and follow-up after leaving the hospital. We are committed to helping our patients and their families overcome stroke and resume their lives to the greatest extent possible.
In-Patient Care Patients are admitted to our Stroke Unit on the second floor of the hospital, where all caregivers have specialized training in stroke care. Patients who have received t-PA will spend their first day in the Intensive Care Unit before going to the Stroke Unit. BMC’s Stroke Services Clinical Coordinator oversees every facet of patient care, using systems integrated throughout the hospital to promote the most successful outcomes. Quality improvement in stroke care is an ongoing priority at BMC.
As soon as possible - usually starting within 24 hours of admission - stroke patients begin comprehensive rehabilitation. This begins bedside on the Stroke Unit with many patients continuing rehabilitation at the inpatient rehabilitation unit on the second floor of the hospital. As the patient improves, rehabilitation can continue at the outpatient Center for Rehabilitation at BMC in the Medical Arts Building adjacent to the hospital. Our comprehensive rehabilitation services include physical, occupational, speech therapy and much more, provided by skilled therapists who are dedicated to helping each patient regain their highest potential and resume their lives.
Stroke can be a life-threatening emergency. Know the warning signs of stroke and get to the nearest emergency department if you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms.