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. In addition, Hoag has been certified as a
Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL Healthcare USA, Inc.
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.
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