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Stroke Care at UPMC Bedford

Stroke is the number five cause of death in the U.S. It's also a leading cause of adult disability.

If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 or go to the emergency room.

UPMC Bedford: Providing Timely, Life-Saving Stroke Care

UPMC Bedford is a certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH).

This means we offer immediate, evidence-based care to people who may have had a stroke.

After vital stroke treatment, ASRHs transfer people to another hospital certified as either a:

  • Primary stroke center.
  • Thrombectomy-capable stroke center.
  • Comprehensive stroke center.

People with a stroke in our region often move to UPMC Altoona's Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center.

People who may have had a stroke must reach their nearest stroke center. Any level of stroke center can help.

Doctors at a stroke center can treat some stroke cases with clot-dissolving drugs. This must happen within a few hours of symptom onset to be effective.

But, these drugs are only helpful for some people. A focused stroke center has doctors who are experts in which people will benefit from these drugs.

Primary Stroke Center LogoAcute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification

The Joint Commission and the American Heart/American Stroke Associations award ASRH certificates.

To get ASRH classified, the hospital gets a thorough onsite review. They base the review on the Joint Commission's Advanced Disease-Specific Care framework.

The review checks that the hospital meets its rigorous standards.

These include:

  • A stroke-focused team on-call 24/7.
  • Health care workers trained in stroke care.
  • Staff working together with local emergency teams.
  • Rapid lab tests 24/7 to help doctors diagnose a stroke.
  • Can give clot-busting medicine into a vein to people who qualify.
  • Phone or video visits with a brain doctor within 20 minutes.

Contact UPMC Bedford

To learn more about our stroke program, call 814-623-6161.

Our address is:

10455 Lincoln Highway
Everett, PA 15537

To contact the emergency department at UPMC Bedford, call 814-623-3500