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Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers

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The Institute—comprised of Mercy General Hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Woodland Healthcare—is led by a collaborative stroke intervention team, available 24/7, to treat the most complex cases of stroke from within the Greater Sacramento region and beyond.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Dignity Health Neurological Institute’s leadership in stroke care was validated in 2014 when The Joint Commission certified Mercy San Juan Medical Center as the first Comprehensive Stroke Center north of the Bay Area. This continued leadership recognizes our ability to treat even the most complex stroke cases, providing 24/7 access to neurology, neurosurgery, neurointerventional radiology, and neurocritical care. This designation reflects a unique level of comprehensive care that includes:

  • A dedicated neurocritical care unit devoted to complex stroke patients
  • High volume neurointerventional radiology services for brain aneurysm, stroke, and other complex neurovascular diseases
  • Advanced imaging capabilities including 3-Tesla MRI, biplane angiography, and CT perfusion available on site around the clock
  • Dedicated vascular neurology service, including post-hospital care
  • Treatment advances through participation in stroke research  

Preventive Stroke Procedures

Number of carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomy procedures performed and the associated complication rates between July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022:


Primary Stroke Centers

All Dignity Health Neurological Institute hospitals in the Greater Sacramento region are designated Primary Stroke Centers, a distinction recognizing facilities that follow the best practices for stroke care. These facilities also provide integrated services in stroke diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Furthermore, in 2017, Dignity Health was recognized with six American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "Get With The Guidelines®" Stroke Gold Plus awards – and six Target Elite Plus awards – for achievement of top benchmarks in quality patient care and outcomes according to evidence-based guidelines.

Extensive, Cohesive and Team Centered Stroke Care

Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California’s stroke program is unique in that it offers patients an extensive continuum of care, from exceptional Emergency Department treatment to in-house acute rehabilitation.

To provide advanced, collaborative and comprehensive care for patients who have experienced a stroke, the Stroke Intervention Team—available 24/7—includes:

  • Hospital-based physicians with expertise in stroke neurology
  • Registered nurses with expertise in stroke management and clinical trials
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Physical, speech and occupational therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Case managers and social workers

The team also relies on the excellent services of a dedicated TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) clinic, Dignity Health pharmacy and radiology departments, clinical research staff, and advanced technology.

Cutting-Edge Stroke Treatment

With the support of Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California's state-of-the-art biplane angiography suites at Mercy General Hospital and Mercy San Juan Medical Center, patients receive immediate medical attention they need using today's most advanced tools. Learn more about our biplane angiography suites.

And through the Dignity Health Telemedicine Network Dignity Health Neurological Institute’s TeleStroke specialists offer potentially life-saving medical care to patients in regions without access to the advanced medical capabilities and expertise offered by Dignity Health Neurological Institute.

Clinical Research

Clinical research helps to enhance our understanding of complex neurological conditions—which leads to groundbreaking advances in treatment. Through our well established clinical research program, Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California’s highly trained physicians and nurses have proudly participated in clinical research trials for more than 20 years, offering patients tomorrow’s treatment solutions today.

Suffered a Stroke Or Care for a Loved One Who Has?

Join us for our Stroke Support group, led by a registered nurse.  All are welcome.  For more info, please call (916) 864-8460.

Woodland Area
Every third Monday of the month
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
(*January & February, fourth Monday)
Woodland Community & Senior Center 2001
East Street, Woodland, CA 95776
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Carmichael Area
Every first Wednesday of the month 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Lukens Auditorium
6555 Coyle Avenue, Carmichael, CA
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Physician Referral

For assistance with a physician referral, call (888) 800-7688. To request additional information from someone at the Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California, email us  today.