For National Stroke Awareness Month in May, Guthrie encourages community members to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of stroke.
Symptoms of stroke include face drooping, arm weakness and difficulty with speech. When a stroke occurs, it is important to seek emergency medical care as quickly as possible. Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. is a Primary Stroke Center as designated by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. This recognition means that the communities of the Twin Tiers have access to nationally accredited stroke care. Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning, N.Y. has been recognized for quality stroke care by the American Heart/American Stroke Association.
Stroke impacts nearly 2,000 people in Guthrie’s 12-county service area each year. Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.