Advanced Care for Stroke

Clinical experts, close to home

Local Experts in Cancer Care

Grant Sorkin, MD    |    Endovascular Neurosurgeon,  WellSpan York Hospital

"For someone who's been newly diagnosed with cancer, WellSpan Cancer Centers provide comprehensive care with access to the most advanced treatments, not only here locally, but also with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Cancer is a tough diagnosis. The WellSpan Way is to treat the patient through the whole journey, through survivorship."

MEDICAL DIRECTOR, STROKE PROGRAM

"The faster we can deliver clot-busting medications, the less chance we have of long-term disability. For every one minute you don't get blood flow, you lose 2 million brain cells. That's the importance of having primary stroke centers out in the community. It also allows patients to be close to home where family can support them and allow them to get better in a comfortable environment."

MEDICAL DIRECTOR, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

"With stroke care, time is brain. The longer a patient waits, the more brain that is at risk. The WellSpan way of caring for stroke patients is to have a primary stroke center available in the community. We have the ability to give a clot-busting medication. Not all hospitals are able to do this."

WellSpan Stroke Center Locations

When facing a stroke, time is brain and every minute matters. That's why WellSpan neurology specialists at four local certified stroke centers are ready to provide advanced care treatment close to home. We bring world-class expert care to you, so you can concentrate on getting better.

Speeding time to deliver clot-busting medications

WORKING TOGETHER TO TACKLE TOUGH DIAGNOSES

WellSpan is collaborating with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center to fight cancer together. In addition to the expert local cancer services, WellSpan patients have access to leading-edge clinical trials and second opinions from Johns Hopkins.

Local stroke centers bring life-saving treatments closer to your family

To Find a WellSpan Stroke Specialist, call: 

To Find a WellSpan Stroke Specialist, call: 

Why WellSpan Stroke CentersWhat Is Stroke? Am I at Risk?

Health Plans We Accept

As the region’s leading provider of health services, WellSpan is proud to serve the more than 850,000 people who call central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland home. That’s why we have worked diligently to establish relationships with the majority of health plan providers in this area.

For current health plans, select the county in which you intend to seek care from a WellSpan provider or service:

Locations Close to Home

Find a Primary Care Doctor

To Find a WellSpan Primary Care Doctor, call:

1-800-840-5905

We have primary care doctors across York, Adams, Lancaster and Lebanon counties who are accepting new patients. 

A primary care doctor is your and your family's partner in health and can be a tremendous resource in early diagnosis and treatment of conditions that may lead to stroke, as well as ongoing care for those who have suffered a stroke. 

To Find a WellSpan Stroke Specialist, call: 

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Expert care includes the latest diagnostics, clot-busting medications, clot retrieval, and opening of blocked arteries and veins.   

Easy access to a network of four certified stroke centers across south-central Pennsylvania, meaning you can receive expert stroke care right in your community. A Comprehensive Stroke Center is available in York; and Primary Stroke Centers are available in Ephrata, Gettysburg and Lebanon.   

“Whole patient” treatment at WellSpan can include treatment at our inpatient rehabilitation hospital, home care, and outpatient rehabilitation. Our multidisciplinary team and stroke coordinator follow patients throughout their care.

WellSpan York Hospital offers neuroendovascular surgery and has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, making it the regional referral center for stroke care.

Stroke coordinators customize care plans for patients

Amanda Mae Gilgore, RN, BSN, CNRN

STROKE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

"As a stroke coordinator, I help to manage the care of the patient so the patient and their family can concentrate on getting better. It's a very satisfying feeling, seeing patients out in the community doing better, going back to their everyday lives, and knowing that we helped provide that care. "

What is a Stroke? Am I at Risk?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. This causes brain cells to die. There are two types of strokes:

  • Ischemic strokes occur when a clot forms in the brain's blood vessels, blocking blood flow to the brain. These account for 80 percent of strokes.

  • Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain breaks or ruptures, resulting in blood seeping into brain tissue.

If you or someone you know experiences signs of a stroke, 

CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.

Think FAST

Watch for these symptoms of stroke:

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Face drooping

Arm weakness

Speech difficulty

Time to call 9-1-1

Take a FREE Risk Assessment!

Are You at Risk for Stroke?

Common risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Diabetes
  • Circulation problems
  • Age (over age 55)
  • Smoking
  • Family history of stroke
  • Previous stroke