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Stroke Rehabilitation Program

When a patient has a stroke, no matter how severe, it is a life changing event. There can be a range of emotions, along with the physical issues, that impact both the patient and family members. At WakeMed, we provide a supportive and healing environment that will help you as you recover from a stroke.

We believe in a team approach to care — from the moment you enter one of our emergency departments to the inpatient rehab program and outpatient therapy, our certified rehab stroke programs are designed to provide a personalized plan of care that includes the patient and family. It is our goal to give you the very best care — providing excellent, evidence based medical care, therapy interventions and  emotional care and support. We work with you at each phase of recovery to develop achievable goals.

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Successful Recovery after Stroke Begins in the Rehab Hospital

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About Our Stroke Program:

Awards & Accolades 

WakeMed has earned certifications, achievements and recognitions for our commitment to quality, safety and therapies, including:

Technological Innovation & Access

In our area, this is particularly meaningful since someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, and in the southeast this occurance is even higher. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States. These awards and certifications validate our commitment to treating stroke patients immediately, providing a full continuum of care and improving outcomes after stroke. Our Rehab Hospital  stroke rehabilitation program is a critical part of that care and has successfully served thousands of patients and their families over the years. It is part of our larger stroke program ecompassing the following:

Features of Our Renowned Stroke Program 

Our Stroke Program is distinct in providing a comprehensive approach, moving from prevention to management. Our dedicated team of specialists, renowned for their expertise, use physical medicine and rehabilitative techniques at strategic steps along the route to recovery to support the best outcomes. Here are just a few of our impressive features:

  • Collaboration with EMS providers to facilitate rapid assessment and transport to the hospital
  • Team approach that helps minimize time from arrival to administration of thrombolytics
  • Availability of neuroradiologists for quick, expert interpretation of imaging
  • Neurology and neurosurgery coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week for evaluation and treatment
  • Neuro intensive care unit for optimization of care for patients with severe strokes
  • Nursing staff skilled in assessment and care of stroke patients
  • Designated nursing unit for the care of patients with neurological and neurosurgical diagnoses
  • Interdisciplinary care planning involving physicians, nurses, case managers, therapists and other services such as nutritionist consultation and pastoral care
  • Comprehensive post-discharge rehabilitation services, including specialty services such as vestibular rehab to treat dizziness and vertigo
  • Public education and awareness programs that focus on risk factor reduction for stroke prevention
  • A variety of stroke support groups at several locations throughout North Carolina.

Support for Stroke Patients & Their Families

Our stroke support groups are open to patients and families during all phases of recovery and are linked to national organizations and resources, such as the American Stroke Association and the US National Institutes of Health. We are involved in the community, reaching out to educate and facilitate programs that will help people recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and to understand their risk factors to reduce the incidence of stroke in Wake and surrounding counties. 

For additional information about the WakeMed Stroke Rehabilitation Program, please call our Admissions Department at 919-350-7876.