Stroke is our nation's third-leading cause of death and the number one cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. That's why Mount Carmel is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
Our multidisciplinary stroke team includes emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists and rehabilitation specialists. Together they provide a coordinated rapid response system for treating stroke patients.
The team quickly determines if you are a candidate for tPa (the only FDA-approved medication for acute stroke). If not, standard therapy begins immediately. And because our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with high-quality CT and MRI scanners to help diagnose and confirm the type of stroke without delay, you can get the treatment you need quickly.
Our Stoke Coordinator RNs work in tandem with our expert physicians to educate patients and their families, as well as assist in the transition of the patient from the hospital to home or rehabilitation. And, the Neurosurgery Advanced Practice Nurses at Mount Carmel East and West assist patients and their families with their educational needs from surgery through discharge and recovery. A free class is offered at Mount Carmel East twice a month to patients undergoing spinal surgeries.
Mount Carmel has an exemplary record in the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients, earning recognition from the National Stroke Association as a designated stroke center. Mount Carmel East, West and St. Ann's have even joined the select group of hospitals in the United States that are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission. The certification signifies that Mount Carmel provides the critical care necessary to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients, and achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.