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Strokes Kill Brain Cells We Save Them

What is a stroke? Actually, it’s like a heart attack, only it’s happening to your brain. Blood clots block a blood vessel or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting the flow of blood to an area of the brain. Just like a heart attack, the sooner you seek treatment, the more likely you’ll minimize permanent disability or even death.

When a stroke occurs, the symptoms and the ailment happen all at once. Quickly recognizing the most common stroke symptoms can make the difference in minimizing permanent disabilities or death. You have to move fast and think smart.

Make the PLEDGE and Step Up Against Stroke for Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke - Dial 911

Stroke patient Elijah and family

Primary Stroke Center

Fairfield Medical Center is proud to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center, a certification that recognizes the hospital’s ability to meet standards that support better outcomes for stroke care. In addition, FMC was recently named a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Award, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

To be named a Primary Stroke Center, the hospital must meet specific guidelines for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency Department. The Gold Plus Quality Awards are advanced levels of recognition acknowledging hospitals for consistent compliance with Quality Measures embedded within the Patient Management Tool.

What Our Patients Are Saying

They put me in a wheelchair and they ran.
They put me in a wheelchair and they ran.

Jackie Bailey, Stroke care patient, shares her experience with Fairfield Medical Center.

Read More of Our Patients' Stories

Mike Miller stroke patient
A Crucial Call

A fall at work brought on a series of events that Mike Miller never expected. The decisions made by his care team at FMC helped to ensure his quick recovery.

Gary Swope and wife walking
With Every Breath

As a retired wildlife officer, nothing gives Gary Swope more pleasure than being out amongst nature with a walking stick in hand and his wife, Margie, by his side.

When a stroke sidelined Gary several years ago, he worked hard to rehabilitate and get back to the outdoor activities he enjoys. He never imagined that just a short time later, his health would be challenged once again.

Stroke patient Jackie Bailey and family
Time On My Side

Despite a delay in seeking treatment, Jackie Bailey’s care teams at FMC and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center were able to race against the clock to save her life following a sudden stroke.

May is Stroke Awareness Month

This May, in recognition of Stroke Awareness Month, take the pledge to Step Up Against Stroke by making a personal commitment to live a healthier life.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Living a healthy lifestyle and controlling any medical conditions you have can significantly reduce your risk for stroke.

How it works

1.Fill out a pledge card

Fill out an electronic pledge card (link below), or pick one up in the cafeteria at FMC. By filling out a pledge card, you’ll be entered into a drawing on May 27 to receive a prize.

Click here

2. Participate in one of the following classes/ screenings during the month of May:

  • A cardio walking class offered through FMC. Classes are May 17 (advanced walkers) and May 20 (beginner walkers). Call 740-687-8189 for details and to register. Space is limited.
  • A tobacco cessation class. Offered through FMC, call 740-689-4404 to register.
  • A biometric screening with FMC Employee Health (FMC staff only – call 740-687-8189 to register) or schedule one with your primary care provider.

If you complete one of the classes or screenings above, your name will be entered into the gift card drawing twice.


  • $25 gift card to Lancaster Greenhouse
  • $25 gift card to The Well
  • $25 gift card to Healthy Core
  • $25 gift card to Schmelzer’s Greenhouse
  • 3 month individual membership to the Robert K. Fox Family
    Y (for cardio walking class participants only)
  • $50 gift card for Columbus Running Company (for cardio walking class participants only)

Enter here and make your pledge to Step Up Against Stroke