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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.

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Neuro Support Group

Whether you’ve survived a stroke or other neurological disorder or injury, or are currently a caregiver for someone else, you are invited to attend Fairfield Medical Center’s FREE Neuro Support Group. The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except December) from 4:45-5:45 p.m. at the River Valley Campus, 2384 N. Memorial Dr., Lancaster. Meetings are held in Conference Room A (enter building from Columbus St. side).

The support group is designed to connect and motivate people who have been through a recovery process or are currently undergoing rehabilitation due to a neurological condition, with a focus on improving communication and accessing community resources.

Click here to learn more about how the support group is making a difference for its members.

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

Neuro Support Group Testimonials

A neurological disorder, such as stroke, dementia or a brain injury, can change your life in an instant. The Neuro Support Group at Fairfield Medical Center is designed to provide education, understanding and hope to patients and caregivers who are navigating the challenges that come with a life-changing medical episode or diagnosis. The group regularly hosts guest speakers to address topics of interest, and also provides activities to promote group bonding and facilitate acceptance and healing.

Rhonda Wood
Taking Control

Rhonda Wood, who works in FMC’s Radiology Department, never thought a stroke would happen to her. That all changed on Christmas Day 2022 when she experienced sudden, unexplained numbness on her left side.

Making Strides – Terri’s Stroke Story

After a stroke affected the use of Terri Garrett’s left arm and hand, her therapy team at FMC helped her establish a plan of action to reclaim the mobility she had lost.