Stroke Care

High-quality stroke care

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious long-term disability in adults.

When a patient comes to the hospital with stroke symptoms, it’s crucial to make a proper diagnosis quickly in order to begin treatment — immediate treatment can help avoid or minimize the effects of stroke. Lancaster Regional Medical Center’s experienced stroke team has the expertise and technology to deliver life-saving care. At Lancaster Regional, you can count on:

  • Speed – Treatments given during the first three hours after a stroke can greatly reduce or even reverse the effects of stroke, so our stroke care professionals are ready to jump into action immediately.
  • Expertise – Lancaster Regional’s doctors, nurses, emergency professionals and other specialists meet high educational standards, and are specially trained to identify stroke symptoms and administer the latest treatments.
  • Technology – Lancaster Regional’s stroke care experts utilize the most advanced testing and imaging technology available, allowing them to identify the type of stroke within minutes so they are able to begin treatment. Our 64-slice CT scanner provides the necessary speed and resolution required for rapid imaging of blood vessels in the brain, so doctors can begin treatment as quickly as possible.

Expert treatment for stroke

Our highly trained stroke care experts are well equipped to deliver life-saving care for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, and can perform the latest, minimally invasive treatment options:

  • Angioplasty and stent placement are used to open blocked arteries and veins.
  • Embolizing agents (clotting medications) are delivered by catheter to stop blood flow resulting from hemorrhagic strokes.
  • Thrombolitic therapy, which is also delivered by catheter, uses clot-dissolving medicine to treat ischemic strokes.
  • Minimally invasive surgery can be used to remove a clot, or repair arteries and veins. 

Faster Care for Stroke Patients - TeleStroke

The Penn State Hershey TeleStroke program called LionNet is a partnership between regional community hospitals and the Penn State Hershey Stroke Center, and is designed to improve patient care via telemedicine. Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers are part of this network – thus widely expanding our physician expertise base without the patient having to travel long distances to another hospital for stoke expertise.

LionNet provides real-time remote audio-visual access to a neurological consult with a stroke neurologist or neurosurgeon. When a suspected stroke patient arrives in the emergency department at Lancaster Regional or Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers, we call LionNet and we are connected to a stroke expert. Using a sophisticated computer system and a webcam,  Penn State Hershey physicians provide consultation, examine the patient, review scans, and speak to the patient and family in real-time. A treatment recommendation is made and our local emergency department physician determines the best course of action.

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Patient Benefits:

  • Time saved is brain saved
  • Faster treatment improves recovery
  • Treatment may be provided locally reducing the need for travel to another hospital

Stroke care extends through recovery

Our rehabilitation care is designed to help individuals regain their independence, and includes specialized services for stroke recovery. Lancaster Regional’s multidisciplinary rehabilitation team provides caring, personalized assistance to help patients meet their goals.