Stroke Care Within Easy Reach at McLeod

With medical centers from the midlands to the coast, patients and their families will find stroke care, treatment and rehabilitation nearby. A stroke occurs when blood to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Stroke ranks as the
#3 killer in South Carolina and the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.  In 2014, our Stroke Center became the first hospital in the region to become certified as a Primary Stroke Center. And we retain that certification to date.

Spot Stroke Symptoms F-A-S-T. If you know the symptoms of stroke, you might save a life. They are:


  • Face – Sudden numbness or weakness of the face.
  • Arm – Numbness in arms or legs, especially on one side of the body.
  • Speech – Trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Time – Seek treatment, call 911, as soon as possible. Every minute you wait, the chances of recovery shrink.
  • REACH Network Brings Stroke Subspecialists into McLeod Emergency Departments

    The web-based, telemedicine system – REACH – enables consultations between Emergency Department physicians and neuroscience specialists 24/7. McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence is part of the REACH network, as well as McLeod Health Cheraw, McLeod Health Dillon, McLeod Health Loris and McLeod Health Seacoast.

  • Specialized Stroke Unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center

    Fast action following a stroke cannot only save a life but speed recovery and a return to quality of life. At McLeod Regional Medical Center, the Stroke Unit in Florence stands ready to treat stroke patients. McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence is home to a specialized 14-bed stroke unit – the first in the region dedicated exclusively for the treatment and rehabilitation of people who have suffered a stroke.


    Our nurses, are specially trained to spot subtle changes in patients suffering from stroke which is imperative in the treatment of stroke.

  • New Treatments to Unblock Clogged Stroke Patient Arteries

    For years, McLeod Regional Medical Center ensured that stroke patients received the clot busting drug tPA soon after admission, currently beating national goals on average by 30 minutes. A new procedure, the Thrombectomy, enters the clogged artery from both ends, withdrawing the clog and clearing the vessel’s blood flow.

  • Drug Eluting Stent Opens Arteries and Keeps Them Open, Preventing Strokes

    McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD was the first surgeon in South Carolina to use a special drug-coated balloon. When the balloon is expanded the artery is opened and the drug is transferred to the wall of the artery, helping prevent future plaque buildup.

  • Learn to Live Well After a Stroke with Our Survivors Support Group

    Our Stroke Survivors Support Group meets the third Thursday of each Month from 6-7 p.m. The meetings take place on the first floor of the McLeod Pavilion in the classroom outside the Pavilion Conference Center.


    This presents an opportunity to build relationships and support one another in the journey. McLeod Regional Medical Center Stroke Program Coordinator JoAnn Alexander provides stroke resources, articles adaptive equipment, catalogues and hospital-related information.  Meetings include light refreshments, blood pressure checks and a review of stroke warning signs.  To register or for more information, call (843) 777-8988 or