Hoag Comprehensive Stroke Program

Hoag’s comprehensive Stroke Program is led by full-time neurohospitalists who specialize in advanced stroke management and intervention, and continue to develop best practice care pathways for optimal outcomes.
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The Hoag Stroke Program

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.

Certified Stroke Center

The DNV GL Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is given to esteemed hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases from the initial and rapid diagnosis, advanced and state-of-the-art treatment, comprehensive rehabilitation program and community wide stroke education.

Hoag Stroke Treatment

Hoag is a comprehensively designated stroke center, ranking in the top five in the nation. Hoag is one of the busiest stroke centers in the state with a thousand cases each year. The key is getting treatment on time to prevent health complications.


Meet the Team

The stroke program at Hoag offers a rapid response stroke team comprised of emergency room physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, spe​cialty-trained nurses and other critical support staff. The hospital’s on-site neurology hospitalists and interventional neuroradiologists offer patients an even higher level of specialized care.

Awards & Accreditations

Hoag has been awarded the Stroke Gold PLUS Performance Achievement Award by the American Stroke Association for ten years in a row. In 2020, Hoag achieved the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award and the new Target Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This new award recognizes the accomplishment of Door to Device Times of 90 minutes or less in 50% or more of all thrombectomy cases. 

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Everyone needs help at different times in life, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your care team at Hoag. We’ll help find fast answers to your questions before, during, and after your treatment.

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