WHMC Will Soon Be a 'Certified Stroke Care Facility'

Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin is now one step closer to becoming a certified stroke care facility. The hospital has received certification as a Stroke Participating Hospital.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, but East Texans are more likely to have a stroke than people in any other part of the world.

The recent certification is Woodland Heights' first step to becoming a certified stroke facility by the American Stroke Association.

WHMC CEO Lance Jones said, "One of the major requirements is an advanced CT scanner and our CT scanner will be in place in four weeks, so we're excited to have that coming for the citizens here."

Every year, 700,000 Americans suffer strokes.