SPRINGFIELD — For the 10th straight year, the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend stroke team has earned honors from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

The awards recognize stroke treatment quality and speed and excellence in post-stroke therapy.

RiverBend has the only comprehensive stroke center between Sacramento, California, and Portland.

Stroke is an emergency, and individuals experiencing it may not even be aware of their symptoms. The BEFAST acronym helps identify strokes: balance changes, eyesight changes, facial drooping, arm weakness, speech changes and time to call 911 if any of the above occurs.