Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County Emphasizes “National Stroke Awareness Month”

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County is recognizing “National Stroke Awareness Month” throughout the month of May by providing the community with information about the signs and symptoms of strokes.

“Unfortunately, strokes don’t stop just because of a pandemic. We want to equip our community with information about the signs and symptoms of strokes,” said Dr. Robert Pitcock, medical director of emergency medicine at Baptist Union County. “If you or a loved one are showing signs of a stroke, please seek medical attention right away. Our emergency room is safe and our hospital staff is ready to provide you with quality health care that you can trust.”

During “National Stroke Awareness Month”, Baptist Union County is emphasizing the slogan “B.E.F.A.S.T.” It stands for:

B. Balance: Is the potential stroke victim unsteady?

E. Eyes: Do they have vision problems in one or both eyes?

F. Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side droop?

A. Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one side droop?

S. Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T. Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the above symptoms of a stroke, seek medical attention immediately. Baptist Union County’s emergency room is open, and all patients are screened and tested for COVID-19.

About Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County

Baptist Union County offers a variety of services, including adult and pediatric inpatient care, maternity, surgery, a 24-hour emergency department and diagnostics. The hospital also has 3D mammography, TeleHealth services and an eICU. Baptist Union County has an excellent reputation for providing quality care and recently earned an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group. Most notably, Baptist Union County earned five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the hospital’s quality, outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction. The Chartis Center for Rural Health also recognized the hospital as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the country. 

For more information about Baptist Union County, please call 662-538-7631 or visit

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