Stroke team

Stroke team members Susan Carpenter, Treena Turner, Tripp Penn, Dr. Anthony Marchetti, Jim Totten, Suzanne Streetman, and Julie Long. not pictured are BG Blakely, Joyce Glisson, Mickey Richardson, Dr. Bert Wall, Gaynell Wyche, and Shirley Vazquez

Designated Remote Stroke Treatment Center

If you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, time to treatment matters. Upson Regional Medical Center is now designated as a Remote Treatment Stroke Center by the Office of EMS and Trauma in the Georgia Department of Public Health. Upson Regional is only the 10th hospital in Georgia to receive this designation.

This designation recognizes Upson Regional’s quality care for stroke patients and its state-of-the-art- diagnostics and emergency treatment. “The Department commends you and your staff for the commitment to excellence in stroke care that is being provided by your facility,” states J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D., the Department of Public Health’s Director of Health Protection, in a letter announcing the designation.

“We are proud to be designated as a Remote Treatment Stroke Center,” said Upson Regional CEO Tripp Penn. “The certification process is no easy feat, and I am grateful to our staff and their commitment to our hospital and community,” he added.

Back in October of 2014, Upson debuted its new Tele-Stroke system, providing local access to board certified stroke specialists 24 hours a day. “Faster care means a better outcome. Upson's Emergency Department stands ready to provide immediate state-of-the-art stroke treatment and direct access to specialty care,” said Emergency Department Medical Director Anthony Marchetti, MD.

In addition to the Tele-stroke system, Upson Regional’s stroke services include:

 ·                    64-slice CT scanning- In just a matter of seconds, Upson’s CT can create photo-quality images of the brain that can allow doctors to diagnose a stroke and check for bleeding

·                     Advanced, rapid assessment stroke treatment to include the administration of the clot busting medication alteplase

·                     Physical Therapists that help restore function and improve mobility

·                     Partnerships with ambulance services for patients who need immediate transportation to a stroke specialty center

·                     Compassionate Inpatient Care                                                                                                                                                  


“During a typical large stroke, 1.9 million neurons and 14 billion synapses can be destroyed every minute. That’s why it’s so important to our community that we have developed procedures to reduce the time it takes for them to receive the proper care. Every minute literally counts,” said Emergency Department Director Jim Totten.