A local hospital is recognized for treating stroke patients by a national organization.
The Bristol Regional Medical Center earned the Gold Plus Award for stroke care from the American Heart Association.
This is the highest level of recognition given by the AHA. It means the hospital has followed national guidelines for stoke care for at least two consecutive years.
Doctor Earl Wilson is a Neurologist and Medical Director for the BRMC Stroke Center. He tells news 5 treatment for a stroke begins at home with the face-arms-speech-time protocol.
When you suspect there's a problem, he says you ask the person to smile, ask them to hold their arms up and you ask them to repeat something. He says if something isn't right you need medical help. He tells us that's when you call EMS and get them to the hospital.
We've also learned the Bristol Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Northeast Tennessee to receive the Gold Plus Award for stroke care.