Comprehensive Stroke Center

Prisma Health Richland Hospital

When seconds count, turn to our team of stroke experts

Expert physicians and advanced technology have earned the Stroke Center at Prisma Health Richland Hospital accreditation as an Advanced Certification Comprehensive Stroke Center from The Joint Commission.

Time is critical when it comes to a stroke. Our team is on-site 24/7, with a multidisciplinary program of care and leading-edge approach for stroke patients.

Elizabeth Garrison
“I never thought I was at risk”

Stroke patient woman in hospital waiting room The Stroke Center quickly treated Elizabeth Garrison after she was brought in by friends with stroke symptoms. Young and in good health, the pediatric caregiver never thought she was at risk for having a stroke.


Tonya Williams
“I thank God I’m still here”

Woman walking outside hospitalTonya Williams was sleeping when she fell off the bed. Thankfully, her youngest daughter saw her on the floor and woke her up. Not able to move or speak clearly, Tonya came to the horrifying realization she had suffered a stroke.


James Rawl
The gold standard in stroke recovery

James Rawl, stroke survivorJames Rawl had just finished lunch at a restaurant when he became choked. Even though James didn’t think anything was wrong, his mother recognized the signs of stroke and called 9-1-1.


Award-winning care

Prisma Health Richland Hospital has been honored with the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus, recognizing our commitment to success and quality care.

Research and clinical trials

Prisma Health is committed to participating in sophisticated clinical trials to better the outcomes of stroke patients everywhere. View our current trials »


Get With the Guidelines 2019 Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll

Contact us

If you or someone with you experiences signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

For transfers, call 1-800-75 SHOCK (1-800-757-4625).

For program information, please contact Laura Hammonds.


Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center

Our dedicated team of experts includes:
  • Vascular neurologists
  • Neurocritical care physicians
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Emergency medicine physicians 
  • Endovascular surgical neuroradiologists
  • Interventional neuroradiologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • CT & MRI technologists
  • Nurses with special care emphasis on stroke
  • Social workers
  • Nutritionists
  • Case managers
  • Pharmacists

Our stroke team neurologists are all faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Meet our Team

National benchmarks
How are we doing?

Our overall compliance with the American Heart Associations’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures are above 85%.

Serious complication rates for symptomatic carotid endarterectomy and carotid arterial stenting are better than national average.

Serious complication rates for diagnostic angiograms are better than national average.

On call 24/7

The stroke team at Prisma Health is often referred to as the "Brain Attack Team". We are ready to treat victims of stroke and other abnormal vascularities of the brain 24/7.

We are experts in treating all types of strokes and related brain conditions, including:

  • Ischemic stroke - reduced blood flow due to a blood clot
  • Hemorrhagic stroke - reduced blood supply due to a blood vessel bursting
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) - "mini-stroke"
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Cerebral aneurysm