What happens if you are admitted to the hospital You will be admitted to the Acute Stroke Care Unit where specially prepared Registered Nurses will take care of you. They work with your Primary Care Physician, the Nurse Practitioner or a Stroke Neurologist to meet your needs. Patient care is directed by Clinical Pathways designed to ensure that the patients’ needs are met in a timely manner. These pathways are based on the results of clinical trials. You will have diagnostic testing at this time to help determine the cause of your stroke. You will be seen by physical, occupational and speech therapy as needed within 24 hours of your admission. Studies have shown that receiving therapy early in the course of a stroke increases the chances for recovery. A specialized team of physical and occupational therapists will evaluate your stroke injury and make recommendations for rehabilitation in walking, and activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, etc.) Speech Therapy may work with you for swallowing problems or difficulty with speaking. The nutritionist will assist with your dietary needs. The social worker and care manager will assist with plans for discharge.