Opened in 2014, Mission Hospital's Neuroscience & Spine Institute stands as the premier neurosurgical facility in Orange County

Stroke Care at Mission Hospital

"Every Minute Matters"

Mission Hospital is proud to be designated by The Joint Commission as a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center. When it comes to treating stroke and other emergencies with the potential to damage brain tissue, time is of the essence. We offer patients a complete range of services and specialists for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke. If needed, our expert physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and therapists help patients recover from the physiological impact of a stroke.

What is a Comprehensive Stroke Center?

The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association /American Stroke Association allow hospitals to apply for four advanced stroke certification programs: Acute Stroke Ready Hospital, Primary Stroke Center, Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center, and Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Joint Commission has certified Mission Hospital as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest and most demanding certification. This prestigious designation is bestowed only which those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. Mission Hospital's stroke team puts forth exceptional efforts to care for as well as to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of this certification signifies that the services we provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

Quality Achievement Award for Stroke

Mission Hospital has also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s,the 2019 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award AND Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Our dedicated stroke care team includes:

  • A multi-disciplinary team of experts including: neurologists, neuro-intensivists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, rehabilitation therapists, advanced practice nurses, and highly trained nursing staff.
  • A dedicated neuro-intensive care unit and progressive care stroke unit for complex stroke patients.
  • Immediate access to a state-of-the-art neuro-interventional lab and neurosurgical suite with expert interventional neuro-radiologists and neurosurgeons, allowing successful treatment through very small incisions – even in areas of the brain impossible to reach with open surgery.
  • Nationally-recognized and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited stroke rehabilitation services, including one of the most comprehensive and innovative lists of services in California.
  • Ongoing research and clinical studies, allowing our patients to benefit from new advances and breakthroughs.

Why should you choose a comprehensive stroke center?

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What is a stroke?

Did you know up to 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke? Did you know Mission Hospital has a stroke team dedicated to provide exceptional care within minutes?

The stroke program at the Mission Neuroscience Institute (MNI) features a dedicated team of care providers and physicians to quickly diagnosis and determine immediate emergent care if warranted. Once a stroke patient is recognized, the team is mobilized as soon as the patient enters the doors of the emergency department. This is called a “code stroke.” Not all patients meet criteria for this code activation, but stroke care goes beyond the immediate and entail numerous treatment strategies during the hospitalization and even after discharge.

There are two types of stroke. The most common are coined ischemic, which indicates a blood vessel of the brain was blocked. The necessary blood and oxygen is lost and brain cells began to die. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood leaks into the tissue of the brain. This may due to a ruptured aneurysm, disturbances related to blood pressure or other vascular anomalies.

Acute emergent stroke care can be offered to a patient who develops stroke symptoms and presents to the emergency department within a defined time “window” of care, typically within three hours of onset. Following immediate imaging of the brain and its blood vessels, treatment with a clot busting medication known as t-PA can be given. There is certain criteria needed to determine if this treatment can be provided. The medicine t-PA is similar to the body’s own natural t-PA. This protein breaks down blood clots, helping to restore flow of blood that was blocked. If necessary, further intervention using stent retrievers within the actual blood vessel by an angiogram can improve outcome to clear a blocked vessel. Current standards of care for large vessel occlusive strokes often utilize both t-PA and angiographic retrieval. There are many sizes of stroke and not all patients are able to receive these treatments, and timing is critical. So focusing on the BE FAST awareness when a stroke occurs is a must. It is established that the prognosis for recovery with these interventions are favorable. Mission Hospital’s rapid response team for code stroke is ever on the ready, with with a team of stroke of experts on the ready.

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