Stroke

Hoag Stroke Program ranks among the top five percent in the nation and has been awarded the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement for Hoag’s continued high standard of stroke care.

Hoag Stroke Program

Hoag’s state-of-the-art stroke program also consists of the highest quality inpatient care. Hoag has full-time, in-house physicians who specialize in advanced stroke management and intervention and have developed best practice guidelines to provide the best possible outcomes. Learn more about our neurohospitalists.‚Äč

As a designated Stroke Neurology Receiving Center (SNRC), Hoag utilizes specialized neurological techniques that have been shown to provide the best outcomes for stroke patients. These treatment methods require early identification of stroke and immediate care by stroke experts.

Stroke patients are cared for in the hospital’s Neuro Intensive Care Unit and the 12-bed Stroke Unit, which is staffed with nurses experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and complications of stroke, and have extensive training in the appropriate care of such patients. Each patient admitted to the unit undergoes comprehensive evaluation and treatment, including tests to highlight the underlying cause of stroke and the common complications that can inhibit recovery, such as sleep apnea.

Also a part of the stroke team, Hoag’s emergency department physicians and staff are well-trained and understand how important it is to follow the Stroke Protocol; a Code 20 is part of that process. In place since January 2008, Code 20 provides patients arriving at Hoag’s emergency department presenting with signs of stroke with an initial triage assessment, lab testing, and neuro imaging within 20 minutes of their arrival; surpassing the national suggested benchmark of 30 minutes.

To enhance stroke patient care, Hoag’s Stroke Team conducts a monthly multidisciplinary case conference to review complex patient cases. This unique forum offers the opportunity for members of all disciplines—physicians, nurses and other medical personnel—to share information about innovative new therapies.

Video: Dr. David Brown Discusses Hoag's Stroke Program on Healthy OC
Dr. David Brown Discusses Hoag's Stroke Program on Healthy OC
Dr Michael Brant Zawadzki and Dr David Brown Discuss Stroke Treatment using the Penumbra device
The FDA-approved Penumbra device