North Oaks Medical Center is a certified Primary Stroke Center, earning
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, as well as the
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for using best practices in providing prompt
stroke intervention and care for improving patient outcomes. As a Primary
Stroke Center, pertinent patient care data is collected and submitted
to The Joint Commission for review. This data is analyzed and utilized
in effort to optimize and improve our patient services and provide our
highest quality of care.
Our Stroke Care Team is led by
Socrates Zapata, MD (Stroke Medical Director, Neurologist) and
Zachary Liner, MD (Interventional Radiologist).
North Oaks Medical Center is the only hospital on the Northshore to offer a minimally invasive technique
called intracranial mechanical thrombectomy. This technique allows us
to help more stroke victims and help them regain movement, language and
other abilities than possible before.
Did you know?
Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death in Louisiana, according to the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average in the U.S.,
someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every
4 minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Stroke Warning Signs
The signs of a stroke depend on the side of the brain that’s affected,
the part of the brain affected and how severely the brain is injured.
Sometimes it’s completely painless. Sometimes it is associated with
People having a stroke may experience some or all of these warning signs,
some of which can be subtle:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one
side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
To easily remember the sudden signs, learn and remember “FAST.”
When you spot these signs, you will know that you need to immediately
call 911 for help.
Stroke Patient Support & Services
Stroke-related services offered by North Oaks Health System include North
Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital’s Stroke Specialty Program accredited
by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
It is one of only five such programs in Louisiana.
Click here to learn more.
The health system also co-sponsors the Stroke Support Group of Hammond
with Southeastern Louisiana University.
Click here to view upcoming meeting dates.
Download a copy of North Oaks Medical Center’s Stroke Patient Education Guide.
If you would like more information, please contact Performance Improvement
Lead Jennifer Mercer at (985) 230-2016 or