Stroke Care

  • Memorial Stroke is the award winning, nationally recognized stroke treatment program at Memorial University Medical Center. Our services include leading-edge treatment, comprehensive rehabilitation, community education, and telemedicine services.

    When a stroke occurs, every second lost can result in lost brain function. It's vital to recognize the warning signs and act quickly. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

    • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs, often on just one side of the body
    • Sudden confusion accompanied by trouble speaking and/or understanding speech
    • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
    • Sudden dizziness, lack of balance, and trouble walking
    • Sudden severe headache

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    Our stroke team consists of neurologists, emergency-trained physicians, and specially trained nurses. They are prepared to quickly evaluate stroke patients and begin immediate treatment.

    If the team determines a patient is having an ischemic stroke (caused when a blood clot plugs an artery in the brain), the neurologist may decide to use a drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. If administered within three hours of the first stroke symptoms, tPA can break up the clot and restore blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain. The stroke team can also deliver tPA intra-arterially within six hours. The intra-arterial process entails sending tPA straight into the clot site through a catheter.

    After the stroke is stopped, the patient may require a rehabilitation process. We offer an on-site rehabilitation facility with inpatient and outpatient services. Our goal is to help our patients get home again as quickly as possible. We also offer support groups to help families adjust to life after a stroke.

     

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    • Training and education programs for physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, and the community
    • A GE Lightspeed CT scanner to accurately diagnose stroke within minutes
    • Ability to issue tPA either through an IV or an intra-arterial catheter
    • Regular visits to stroke patients during the recovery process
    • Support and assistance for patients throughout the rehabilitation process
    • Stroke education for patients and their families, including ongoing support groups  
    • Gather and compile data on stroke outcomes for research and to constantly improve care

     

     

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    • Certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, meaning we follow the highest standards of care that are proven to lead to the best outcomes for stroke patients.  
    • Recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This recognizes the fact that we have achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 designated quality measures.
    • Named on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll for providing tPA within 60 minutes or less in at least half of all stroke patients.

     

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    Stroke Services at Memorial University Medical Center
    4700 Waters Avenue
    Savannah, GA 31403
    912-350-9948

     

     


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    About Us

    Our stroke team consists of neurologists, emergency-trained physicians, and specially trained nurses. They are prepared to quickly evaluate stroke patients and begin immediate treatment.

    If the team determines a patient is having an ischemic stroke (caused when a blood clot plugs an artery in the brain), the neurologist may decide to use a drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. If administered within three hours of the first stroke symptoms, tPA can break up the clot and restore blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain. The stroke team can also deliver tPA intra-arterially within six hours. The intra-arterial process entails sending tPA straight into the clot site through a catheter.

    After the stroke is stopped, the patient may require a rehabilitation process. We offer an on-site rehabilitation facility with inpatient and outpatient services. Our goal is to help our patients get home again as quickly as possible. We also offer support groups to help families adjust to life after a stroke.

    Our Services

    • Training and education programs for physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, and the community
    • A GE Lightspeed CT scanner to accurately diagnose stroke within minutes
    • Ability to issue tPA either through an IV or an intra-arterial catheter
    • Regular visits to stroke patients during the recovery process
    • Support and assistance for patients throughout the rehabilitation process
    • Stroke education for patients and their families, including ongoing support groups  
    • Gather and compile data on stroke outcomes for research and to constantly improve care

     

    Accolades

    • Certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, meaning we follow the highest standards of care that are proven to lead to the best outcomes for stroke patients.  
    • Recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This recognizes the fact that we have achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 designated quality measures.
    • Named on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll for providing tPA within 60 minutes or less in at least half of all stroke patients.

    Contact Us

    Stroke Services at Memorial University Medical Center
    4700 Waters Avenue
    Savannah, GA 31403
    912-350-9948
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    HowingtonJay Howington, M.D., is a neurosurgeon and medical director of our stroke services. He grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and earned his bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt University. Howington attended the Medical College of Georgia and completed an internship in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He completed his neurosurgical residency training at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, including Charity Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and the Ochsner Clinic. He completed a fellowship in endovascular surgery in Buffalo, New York. Howington later moved to Savannah and became the first surgeon in the region to place an FDA-approved carotid stent. He actively participates in clinical research and teaches courses on endovascular and microsurgical techniques across the United States and in Japan and India. He practices at the Neurological Institute of Savannah, P.C.

     

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     Joel Greenberg, M.D.

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    GreenbergJoel Greenberg, M.D., is a neurologist and co-medical director of our stroke services. He attended Princeton University and the University of Miami School of Medicine. Greenberg completed his residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He has authored numerous articles on neurological medicine and has presented lectures throughout the country. In addition to actively practicing at Savannah Neurology, P.C., Greenberg is assistant professor in the department of medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine.

     

     


    Our Medical Directors

    Jay Howington, M.D.

    HowingtonJay Howington, M.D., is a neurosurgeon and medical director of our stroke services. He grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and earned his bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt University. Howington attended the Medical College of Georgia and completed an internship in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He completed his neurosurgical residency training at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, including Charity Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and the Ochsner Clinic. He completed a fellowship in endovascular surgery in Buffalo, New York. Howington later moved to Savannah and became the first surgeon in the region to place an FDA-approved carotid stent. He actively participates in clinical research and teaches courses on endovascular and microsurgical techniques across the United States and in Japan and India. He practices at the Neurological Institute of Savannah, P.C.

    Joel Greenberg, M.D.

    GreenbergJoel Greenberg, M.D., is a neurologist and co-medical director of our stroke services. He attended Princeton University and the University of Miami School of Medicine. Greenberg completed his residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He has authored numerous articles on neurological medicine and has presented lectures throughout the country. In addition to actively practicing at Savannah Neurology, P.C., Greenberg is assistant professor in the department of medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine.