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Primary Stroke Center


When every second counts, you can be assured that at Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center, our experts focus on the rapid diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions. As a certified Primary Stroke Center, our team is committed to improving stroke outcomes through a multifaceted approach of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. We maintain an acute stroke team, have an integrated ER, a dedicated stroke unit, offer neuro imaging services, and meet the other criteria set forth by the Joint Commission. As a hospital we are committed to treat stroke patients quickly and improve patient outcomes.

Symptoms of Stroke

Learn the signs of stroke so you are ready if you or a loved one ever suffers a stroke and always call 9-1-1 immediately. The difference between a recovery from stroke and a lasting disability depends a lot on response time.

Signs of Stroke: ACT F-A-S-T

Face Does one side of the face droop? Ask them to smile. 
Arms   Does one arm drift downward? Ask them to raise both arms. 
Speech  Are words slurred? Ask them to repeat a phrase. 
Time   If they show any of these symptoms, time is important. 

Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Online Stroke Assessment

Each year, nearly one million Americans suffer from a stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke Risk Assessment will help evaluate your cardiovascular health and identify those medical or lifestyle conditions that may put you at risk for a stroke. Take our free and confidential online heart risk assessment now.

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St. John’s Stroke Program Offers

  • Immediate access to neurologists specializing in stroke care within minutes of arrival in our ER
  • A dedicated stroke nurse practitioner to serve as an advocate for stroke patients
  • An acute stroke team
  • Faster turnaround times for CT scans and lab results to improve timeliness of treatment
  • Staff receive special training to care for stroke patients
  • Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Program

Top Rated Stroke Care

The Stroke Center is nationally recognized for cardiac excellence:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke, Healthgrades, 2019
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care, Healthgrades, 2014–2017
  • Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke, Healthgrades, 2014–2017
  • Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke, Healthgrades 2014–2017
  • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, American Heart Association, 2018
  • Recognized on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll, American Heart Association, 2018
  • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll from American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, 2016
  • Get With the Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, American Heart Association, 2018
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award, 2014–2017
  • Recognized on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll, American Heart Association, 2018
  • Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll from American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, 2016
  • Primary Stroke Center Certified, as recognized by the Joint Commission

Awards

Get With The Guidelines
Recently we were honored with the 2018 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. This award recognizes St. John’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that our stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.

Gold Plus Quality Achievement Recognition
Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association® for 2 consecutive calendar years. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (four out of ten heart failure quality measures or seven out of ten stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.

Target: Stroke Honor Roll
Hospitals achieving Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy ≤ 60 minutes in 50 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Stroke Rehabilitation

St. John’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is the beginning of the recovery phase for adults who have experienced a stroke. In this recovery phase, patients are assisted with restoring their maximum levels of strength, movement, and independent functioning. Patients and their families actively participate in planning and implementing a comprehensive treatment plan in which specific goals are established. Attainment of these goals is measured throughout the inpatient rehabilitation program. Outpatient Therapy Services are available after discharge.

Call 855.401.3381 to learn more about St. John’s comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services.

Patient Experience

Hear from a St. John’s stroke patient about his experience in our inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Program.


Learn More About St. John’s Stroke Program

To request additional information about St. John’s Stroke Program, please call our dedicated stroke nurse at 805.988.7144 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).