As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital uses the guidelines set forth by The Joint Commission to improve patient care and ultimately, patient outcomes related to stroke. The staff at Saint Francis is committed to providing the most up-to-date and evidence-based patient care. Because immediate care is crucial when diagnosing, treating, and managing a patient with a stroke, Saint Francis has established “Stroke Alert”, which is a quick response activated in the hospital or emergency department (ED) that includes the teamwork of radiology technicians, laboratory technicians, ED or in-patient physicians, the on-call neurologist, and nursing staff.
Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Learn More
Our Acute Rehabilitation is CARF Accredited and we also offer outpatient neurologic therapy through our outpatient therapy program. Please join us for our Classes & Events. View our Chinese Stroke Education booklet.
Stroke occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain becomes blocked or ruptures. Deprived of oxygen, brain and nerve cells stop working and begin to die within minutes. The effects of a stroke may be permanent depending on how many cells are lost, where they are in the brain, and how quickly you receive medical treatment. Learn More
Every second counts. Diagnosing and treating stroke within the first 4.5 hours of recognized stroke symptoms can minimize the effects of a stroke. Learn More
Knowing your risk factors is the first step in preventing a future stroke. You can change or treat some risk factors, and others you cannot.
By having regular medical checkups and knowing your risk, you can focus on what you can change to lower your stroke risk.
You can do many things to help reduce your risk of stroke, even if you have already had a stroke. A healthy lifestyle plays a big part in decreasing your risk for disability and death from a stroke or heart attack. Learn More
For more information about our stroke services, please call (415) 353-6927.