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Neurological Services in Long Beach.

If you or someone you love is having a stroke, minutes matter — immediate care is critical. Act fast., B.E.F.A.S.T.

St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach offers award-winning stroke care for you and your loved ones.


Quality Stroke Care, Peace of Mind

Our experts focus on the rapid diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions. St. Mary Medical Center has the following accomplishments which can give you peace of mind knowing that your loved one is receiving high quality care.

  • Recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services
  • Certified as a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center by The Joint Commission 
  • Received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center Certification

*These certifications ensure that patients admitted with a diagnosis of stroke receive the best possible care based on recommendations from the American Stroke Association.

How We Compare

Shorter times to stroke intervention reduces the risk of serious complications and results in a better chance of independent movement at discharge, discharge to home, and better functionality at 3 months.

According to The Joint Commission, St. Mary Medical Center’s stroke program has better outcomes than other hospitals with the same treatments. 

  • Patients have a 16% higher rate of returning home over other hospitals that offer the same intervention. (Source: GWTG AHASTRR108, 2023)

  • 95% of patients received clot busting medication within the “Golden Hour” which is the first hour after arrival at the hospital. This is 5% better compared to other hospitals that offer the same intervention. (Source: GWTG AHASTR13, 2023) 

  • St. Mary is consistently under the recommended treatment time of 90 minutes for Thrombectomy interventions. In 2023, St Mary had an average treatment time of 83 minutes. (Source: SMMC STKPI, 2023).

  • Revascularization (restoring blood flow back to the brain) has an average success rate of 85% which is 4% more successful here than other hospitals that offer the same intervention. (Source: GWTG AHASTR129, 2023)

We are committed to providing the best possible care to every patient, every time.


What We Treat

  • Arteriovenus Malformation
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain Tumors
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis with Treatment
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Cural Arteriovenus Fistula
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intercranial Atherosclerosis Disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Spinal Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Stroke
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord injuries
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulnar Nerve Pain

Carotid Artery Stenosis

Carotid artery stenosis is a narrowing of the carotid arteries, which are the main arteries that supply blood to the brain. For those who are diagnosed with this, treatment is an important step in stroke prevention.

Our hospital offers a variety of carotid artery stenosis procedures and treatments, including:

  • Carotid endarterectomy: This is a surgical procedure to remove plaque from the carotid arteries.

  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting: This is a less invasive procedure that uses a balloon to widen the carotid arteries and a stent to keep them open.

  • Medical management: This involves taking medication to reduce your risk of stroke.

The best treatment for carotid artery stenosis depends on your individual circumstances. Our team of experts will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.


Neuroscience Clinic

At St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach, we offer a highly collaborative approach to treating neurological issues. Our team includes our neurologist, neurosurgeons, and neurointerventionalist to treat diseases of the brain, spine, and blood vessels of the head and neck. 

Neurointervention Services

Our hospital offers a comprehensive range of support services for patients with neurological and stroke conditions. These services include:

  • Acute rehabilitation: This service is for patients who need intensive rehabilitation immediately after a stroke or other neurological event. Our team of physiatrists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists will work with you to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan to help you regain your function and independence.

  • Outpatient rehabilitation: This service is for patients who have completed acute rehabilitation and need ongoing therapy to continue their recovery. We offer a variety of outpatient rehabilitation programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy.

  • Support groups: We offer a variety of support groups for patients and their families. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment for people to share their experiences and learn from each other.

  • Family Education: We offer personalized education for patients and their families. This provides information about stroke and other neurological conditions and helps prepare patients and caregivers to transfer home.

We are committed to providing the best possible care to our patients. Our team of experts will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs.


Support Services

We also offer a dedicated service line at St. Mary's that provides the best minimally invasive treatment for patients suffering from strokes, brain aneurysms, arteriovenous fistula, carotid stenosis, and other diseases of the head, neck and spine.

Spot a Stroke B.E.F.A.S.T.

Only a health provider can determine a stroke. If you feel any symptoms or notice symptoms in a loved one, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Balance: Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
  • Eyes: Is the person having a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing?
  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: : Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911.

For more information, please read our Stroke Awareness Guide.  

Learn More About Our Neurological Services

To find a physician, please call (562) 491-4895 or use our search tool to Find a Doctor.

Providers looking to refer a patient, please call (562) 491-9270.