Comprehensive Stroke Center

When Stroke Occurs, Every Minute Matters

Quick, accurate treatment for stroke patients is critical for preserving brain function and preventing death. From diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and research, St. Jude Medical Center is at the forefront of stroke care — giving our patients a better chance against this serious condition.

St. Jude Medical Center is nationally-recognized by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation that places us among an elite group of hospitals capable of treating even the most complex stroke and cerebrovascular conditions. Only a handful of hospitals in California have earned this designation.

This coveted honor distinguishes our expertise and outcomes as among the best in the nation – and highlights the skill and dedication of our physicians, surgeons, nurses, therapists and technologists. More importantly, it offers you the confidence of knowing there is no better place to receive care.

We take a compassionate and family-centered approach to patient care, keeping patients' loved ones informed of their medical status and progress, and involving family members in decision-making. For the last five years, our comprehensive care and the ability to deliver it rapidly have been recognized with awards such as the Gold Plus Award and Target Stroke Award for superior stroke care from the AHA and ASA — the highest honors given to recognize excellence among stroke centers.

St. Jude has also been designated a Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center for Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Our services include today’s best advances in emergency medicine, stroke neurology, interventional neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neurocritical care and neurorehabilitation.

We offer:

  • A stroke rapid response team, available around-the-clock to quickly evaluate and initiate treatment.
  • Immediate access to a state-of-the-art Neurointerventional Lab and fellowship-trained interventional neuroradiologists, allowing successful treatment through very small incisions – even in areas of the brain impossible to reach with open surgery.
  • Nationally-recognized and CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited stroke rehabilitation services, including one of the most comprehensive and innovative lists of services in California.
  • One of the nation’s most advanced neurosurgery “smart” suites, combining intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) with sophisticated surgical navigation.
  • Expert critical care, featuring Southern California’s largest team of Intensivists board certified in Neurocritical Care as well as highly-trained nurses experienced in monitoring and managing the effects of stroke.
  • Ongoing research and clinical studies, allowing our patients to benefit from new advances and breakthroughs.

To learn more about St. Jude’s Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, please call (714) 446-5196.

St. Jude's Stroke Center has been recognized by:

  • The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, meeting stringent national quality standards for significantly improving outcomes for stroke patients.
  • Orange County and Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services as a designated Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center.
  • The American Stroke Association with its Get with the Guidelines™, Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award 2010-2015.
  • CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), which ensures our inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs meet the nation's highest standards.

St. Jude's Stroke Center Quality Outcomes

Timely Stroke Care

Measures St. Jude Medical Center California Average National Average

Ischemic stroke patients who recieved medicine to break up a blood clot within 3 hours after symptoms started.

Higher percentages are better.

100% 85% 81%

Ischemic stroke patients who received medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots within 2 days of hospital admission.

Higher percentages are better.

100% 99% 98%

Percentage of patients who came to the emergency department with stroke symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrival.

Higher percentages are better.

82% 66% 66%
Data Collection Period: From 4-1-2014 Through 3-31-2015

Effective Stroke Care

Measures St. Jude Medical Center California Average National Average

Ischemic stroke patients who received a prescription for medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots at discharge.

Higher percentages are better.

100% 99% 98%

Ischemic stroke patients with a type of irregular heartbeat who were given a prescription for a blood thinner at discharge.

Higher percentages are better.

100% 97% 97%

Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients or caregivers who received written educational materials about stroke care and prevention during the hospital stay.

Higher percentages are better.

96% 94% 94%

Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who were evaluated for rehabilitation services.

Higher percentages are better.

99% 98% 98%
Data Collection Period: From 4-1-2014 Through 3-31-2015

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