The Cerebrovascular/Stroke Program at NorthShore Neurological Institute has been recognized several years in a row for our commitment to provide patients excellent care. Three of our hospitals (Evanston, Glenbrook and Highland Park) are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission, an organization that evaluates the quality of medical providers in the United States. Evanston Hospital also is developing plans to become a Comprehensive Stroke Center, offering the most advanced technology, accessibility and expertise to treat the most complex stroke.
NorthShore treats approximately 750 stroke patients every year. We offer a variety of treatments for acute ischemic stroke—including thrombolytic therapy (tPA), which can help reopen a blocked blood vessel in a stroke patient. We use effective, proven tools to track and measure our success in treating patients and improving patient outcomes—their eventual recovery. Below are some highlights from our 2020 report:
- Nationally, the target time to get a patient from the hospital’s door to actually receiving tPA treatment is 60 minutes. Our treatment time is 54 minutes—which is faster than many other Illinois hospitals.
- Not one stroke patient we treated experienced tPA symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage. This is a complication of stroke—particularly in patients who are on blood thinners or given clot-busting medication—and can cause serious damage to the brain or even death.
- All ischemic stroke patients were discharged from NorthShore stroke hospitals with medicines that prevent blood clots, such as asprin, along with clear instructions for how to take them. These medicines help keep the blood thin and less likely to form clots. Taking these drugs exactly as directed is extremely important to prevent another stroke.
We offer care that is tailored to each patient’s specific needs, and we continuously focus on improving the patient experience. We work closely with Swedish and Northwest Community hospitals to offer new and unique stroke treatments to everyone in our community no matter what their ethnic background is or whether they can afford the treatment they need.
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If you have questions about NorthShore’s cerebrovascular/stroke services or would like to make an appointment, please call 847.570.2570.