Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus is the home of your Columbus stroke center, with continuous access to neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional radiologists who have extensive medical training and skills to treat stroke patients. It’s the only facility in the region that provides intra-arterial therapy as part of your stroke care plan, which involves threading a catheter through a major artery up to the brain and removing the clot to restore blood flow. This helps avoid permanent damage.
As a comprehensive stroke center, our medical professionals are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of stroke. We provide rapid neurological and neurosurgical treatment. As the region’s only dedicated Neuro Intensive Care Unit and Neuroscience Unit, our nurses are specially trained in stroke care. Other team members include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, case managers and a diabetes educator. Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus is the only hospital accessible by helicopter, thus allowing patients to receive stroke care faster when every minute counts.
Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus is one of only a few hospitals in Georgia to receive Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. This is a national quality campaign created to improve outcomes for ischemic stroke patients by delivering tPA, a clot-busting drug, within 45 minutes of arriving at the hospital. The Stroke Center continually beats the national goal.
Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is their smile uneven?
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or difficult to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even only temporarily, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.