Published on March 01, 2019

Nazareth recognized for top stroke care

When you’re having a stroke, you want to be treated quickly and effectively by a team of experts. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far for that kind of care.

Nazareth Hospital has been certified once again as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This designation lets you know that Nazareth provides the specialized, quality care required to meet the needs of stroke patients.

“Our most recent recertification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission demonstrates Nazareth’s commitment to ensure that our community has access to high-quality stroke care,” says Ed O’Dell, DO, FACOI, Chief Medical Officer at Nazareth Hospital.

Stroke signsFAST action required

Most strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by a blood clot. Swift treatment is needed to restore the flow of blood and oxygen to minimize damage to the brain.

You can help ensure quick treatment by recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Use the acronym FAST to remember these signs:


Face. Does the person’s face droop to one side or is it numb?

Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech. Is the person’s speech slurred or hard to understand?

Time. Call 911 right away, even if the symptoms go away.