The mission of the Stroke Program at Adventist Medical Center
is to reduce stroke-related death and disability in East
Portland and our broader community. Our specialized stroke team
works together to individualize the care of each patient while
following the guidelines of the American Stroke Association.
These guidelines have been shown to improve the outcomes of
patients who have a stroke. The guidelines also include care
that helps to prevent future strokes.
Key elements of our stroke care are:
- Collaboration with our colleagues on the Emergency Response
- Rapid Emergency care
- Thrombolytic Therapy (t-PA) - the clot busting medication
- 24-hour laboratory and imaging including CT and CTA
- ICU for those patients who require intensive care
- Stroke Unit with a team which includes doctors, nurses,
therapists, social workers, dietitians, chaplains, and other
specialized staff members
- Registered nurses with expanded Stroke training and
certification care for all stroke patients on our Stroke Unit
- Stroke educational material is available for patients and
families and stroke nurses provide information and answer
- Stroke Program Coordinator who oversees standards and
processes and is available to patients and staff members
- Social Services for discharge planning
- Rehabilitation staff including
- Inpatient speech, occupational, and physical therapy with
stroke specific expertise
- Outpatient neuro rehab clinic for post stroke therapy
- Home Health therapists for those post stroke patients who
require rehab at home
- Pastoral care available 24 hours per day
- Participation in health fairs and community events to
provide healthy lifestyle information and risk screening
Are you having stroke symptoms? Call 9-1-1 immediately!
Brain cells may be dying and TIME IS BRAIN.
Certified Primary Stroke Center
Adventist Medical Center (AMC) has been named a Certified
Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. This distinction
means that AMC offers fast and effective stroke care and has a
commitment to continuing education and improvement to issues
connected with stroke.
The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Centers are
recognized for their exceptional efforts to foster better
outcomes for stroke care. Requirements include:
- Use a standard method of delivering care based on the Brain
Attack Collation recommendations for establishment of primary
- Support a patient's self-management activities.
- Tailor treatment and intervention to individual needs.
- Promote the flow of patient information across settings and
providers, while protecting patient rights, security and
- Analyze and use standardized performance measure data to
continually improve treatment plans.
- Demonstrate their application of and compliance with the
clinical practice guidelines published by the AHA/ASA or
equivalent evidence-based guidelines.