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Stroke Care at Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital is proud to be designated the The Joint Commission as a designated Primary 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 primary stroke?

The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association /American Stroke Association allow hospitals to apply for two advanced certifications in stroke care, “primary” or “comprehensive.” The Joint Commission has awarded Mission Hospital a Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers which recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

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 Neurointerventional Lab and interventional neuroradiologists, 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.

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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 fresh 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 medicine called 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 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 neurologists and neurointerventionalists on the ready.

Learn what you can do to prevent a stroke.

Rehabilitation after a stroke.

Clinical Trials and research related to stroke.

Patient Testimonial

Our success is defined by our patients. We strive to provide our patients will exceptional care so they may return their family, home and loves ones. Please click on the below video to hear from one of our own staff, who was also a stroke patient.