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Portland Stroke Care

Thorough & prompt stroke treatment

The mission of the Stroke Program at Adventist Health Portland 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 Team
  • Rapid emergency care
  • Thrombolytic therapy (t-PA), the clot-busting medication
  • 24-hour laboratory and imaging including CT and CTA scanning
  • ICU for those patients who require intensive care
  • Stroke unit with a team that 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 questions
  • Stroke program coordinator who oversees standards and processes and is available to patients and staff members
  • Social services for discharge planning
  • Rehabilitation staff
  • Inpatient speech, occupational and physical therapies 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 911 immediately!

Certified Primary Stroke Center

Adventist Health has been named a Certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. This distinction means that we offer fast and effective stroke care and have 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 Coalition recommendations for establishment of primary stroke centers
  • 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 privacy
  • 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


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