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Stroke Care

Roper Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to offer an inpatient Stroke Specialty Program, one of only three nationally CARF accredited facilities in the state. We offer comprehensive rehabilitative care to help stroke patients achieve optimal recovery. Our program’s patient satisfaction rate is high, as is the program’s success rate, with more than 78% of Roper Rehabilitation Hospital stroke patients recovering sufficiently to be discharged home rather than to need institutional care. 

Roper Rehabilitation Hospital resides within Roper Hospital. Because of this unique location, our patients have the advantage of access to advanced medical care 24/7, including access to laboratory, diagnostic imaging, medical and pharmacy services. Roper Hospital was the first hospital in the Lowcountry to earn Joint Commission accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center.

Experienced Staff

  • Medical director Dr. Joseph Livesay is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with more than 15 years experience in working with stroke rehabilitation.
  • Currently 100% of our eligible registered nurses have obtained CRRN (Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse) certification.
  • Our therapy staff members have advanced certification as Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS), Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists (CSRS), Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner (CKTP), and Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS).. 

Specialty Equipment and Resources

  • Lite Gait© and Maxi-Sky© to assist with body weight supported gait training.  
  • Additional technology available includes: Bioness L300 Plus, Bioness H200 Wireless, Reo-Go, Dynavision, Interactive Metronome, and FES cycle.
  • Individual stroke education handbook as well as bi-weekly stroke classes developed to assist each stroke survivor and their loved ones to learn about their diagnosis.
  • Monthly stroke support group to assist all current and former Roper Rehabilitation Hospital patients as well as the broader community who would like to attend.

2019 Patient Statistics

  • The average length of stay at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital is approximately 16 days.
  • 78% of our stroke patients return to their home versus another level of care.
  • 265 patients with a diagnosis of stroke were cared for in our program.
  • 83% of patients with strokes rated their care as excellent to very good.
  • 96% of patients with stroke rated their satisfaction with goal attainment as very satisfied to satisfied.
  • Patients with a stroke received an average of 4 hours of therapy 5 days per week. 
  • 3.8% of our patients had unplanned transfers to acute hospitals.

Stroke Support Group

Third Tuesday of every month (for both survivors and caregivers), 4-5 p.m.
Roper Rehabilitation Hospital
316 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
3 Pettit, Wellin Neuro Stroke Center, Take the E elevators


Contact Information

If you are a stroke survivor or caregiver and are interested in becoming a peer mentor or would like to receive our monthly stroke newsletter, please contact:

Katie Hall
Stroke Coordinator for Roper Rehabilitation Hospital
(843) 720-8349

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