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Stroke Care


Stroke is a medical EMERGENCY and the first three hours are critical. If you or someone you know experiences any of the following listed symptoms, please call 911 IMMEDIATELY and ask to be taken to the closest Primary Stroke Center.


Stroke Signs and Symptoms include the following:

  • Sudden onset of weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg (one-sided)
  • Sudden onset of a severe headache that has no known cause
  • Sudden onset of vision changes
  • Sudden onset of difficulty saying or understanding words
  • Sudden onset of confusion
  • Sudden onset of weakness or changes in walking, balance, or coordination

Time Is Brain

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), each year approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. On average, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds, and stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital uses the guidelines set forth by The Joint Commission to improve patient care and ultimately, patient outcomes related to stroke. The staff at Saint Francis is committed to providing the most up-to-date and evidence-based patient care. Because immediate care is crucial when diagnosing, treating, and managing a patient with a stroke, Saint Francis has established “Stroke Alert”, which is a quick response activated in the hospital or emergency department (ED) that includes the teamwork of radiology technicians, laboratory technicians, ED or in-patient physicians, the on-call neurologist, and nursing staff. 

Awards and Recognitions:

Our Acute Rehabilitation Center, is CARF Accredited  and we also offer outpatient neurologic therapy through our outpatient therapy program. Please join us for our monthly Stroke Education classes (a Chinese interpreter is available at every class). Download the Chinese Stroke Education booklet. 

Learn More About Our Stroke Services

For more information about our stroke services, please call 415.353.6927. 


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