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As a hospital certified as a Primary Stroke Center, White Memorial Medical Center has proven its ability to deliver high quality stroke care. Part of White Memorial’s commitment to delivering high quality stroke care is having a neurologist available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Care is coordinated from the moment of first contact in the Emergency Department, throughout treatment, and during rehabilitation, if needed. The hospital also has an inpatient unit designed specifically to treat stroke patients. Staff have received specialized training in stroke care and how to administer new stroke treatments.
The Stroke Program developed a hospital-wide protocol that is immediately triggered when a stroke patient is brought to the Emergency Department. First, the "Stroke Alert" code is announced, and then the trained and certified interdisciplinary stroke team quickly arrive to conduct all necessary tests. If the patient meets the criteria, he or she receives tPA, a blood thinning medication that can reduce the effects of a stroke. The patient is then admitted for specialty stroke care. White Memorial Medical Center is committed to rapidly identifying, transporting and treating stroke patients for best-practice outcomes.
The Stroke Program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of the program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff. The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.
White Memorial Medical Center is one of 12 Certified Primary Stroke Centers in Los Angeles County and the only one covering downtown and East Los Angeles areas. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently announced that ambulances with suspected stroke patients are being diverted to facilities certified as a Primary Stroke Center, like White Memorial Medical Center, with a specialized stroke neurologist available on-call at all times.
For more information about the Stroke Center at White Memorial Medical Center, please call (323) 268-5000 ext. 6961.
And as a non-profit, faith-based hospital, White Memorial’s culturally-sensitive, bilingual staff cares deeply about the complete needs of the patient. White Memorial accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal, and private health plans, including most HMOs.
Key Attributes of a Stroke Center:
- Neurologist available 24/7 and 365 days a year
- Ability to quickly diagnose and treat
- Stroke patients
- Ability to administer the drug tPA
- Nurses and Clinical Staff trained in stroke care
- Stroke Unit dedicated to stroke patients