Stroke Center


Lake Regional Hospital is a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor RollSM Elite Plus.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Lake Regional Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

When Minutes Matter

Someone in the United States has a stroke about every 40 seconds – getting help and getting it fast is essential to survival and recovery.

As a Level II Stroke Center, Lake Regional offers comprehensive stroke care and recovery, including treatment from board-certified neurologists, specially trained Emergency Department physicians and staff, and rehabilitation services. As a result, Lake Regional offers definitive stroke care for acute patients. In addition, rather than having to transfer stroke patients on to another hospital, Lake Regional can receive transfers from other care centers. 

Rapid Evaluation

When patients arrive at Lake Regional with a suspected stroke, the Emergency Department immediately calls in a neurologist. Patients receive rapid evaluation – on average seeing an ED physician or neurologist within five minutes of arriving. The initial evaluation is followed by an emergency CT scan and MRI, to determine whether the problem is insufficient blood flow (ischemic stroke), a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhage) or some other condition.

The Golden Hour

The first hour after the onset of stroke symptoms is called the “golden hour” – when the clot-busting drug, tPA, has shown the most benefit. In 2014, Lake Regional did much better than this goal, averaging just 47 minutes from patient arrival to administration of this potentially life-saving drug. This rapid response is focused on limiting the effects of the stroke as much as possible. The next stage of treatment puts the focus on helping patients recover any losses.

Stroke Center designation is part of Missouri’s new Time Critical Diagnosis System, a statewide emergency medical care response system that brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services, and hospitals in a new, more integrated and coordinated approach to help a greater number of people survive and recover from trauma, stroke and heart attack.


Rehabilitation Therapies

Lake Regional nurses and rehab therapists have specialized training in stroke care. All therapy, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, begins the first day. Patients are assessed and receive therapies based on their needs. When patients are ready for discharge, Lake Regional continues to provide care and support with a skilled nursing facility located within the hospital, home health services and outpatient therapy conveniently located in Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark and Laurie, as well as at the hospital. Patients also receive continued neurology care in the outpatient clinics.

Lake Regional offers both inpatient and outpatient therapy for patients recovering from a stroke.

  • Occupational Therapy- Occupational therapy works on balance and coordination with performing basic tasks. Motor skills necessary for daily tasks are also developed during occupational therapy.
  • Physical Therapy - For patients who have difficulty with mobility and walking, physical therapy exercises can improve function.
  • Speech Therapy - Speech Therapy may be necessary for patients who suffered a stroke and can no longer speak clearly or have trouble swallowing.
“Years ago, stroke patients were considered lucky if they survived; significant lifelong disabilities were just accepted. Those days are long gone. From the time our patients arrive until they finish their rehab, we are working to help them recover with as few limitations as possible." - Philip Kurle, M.D., Lake Regional Neurology 

Click here to learn the signs of stroke and what action you should take in the event of a stroke.