Stroke Care

You need to know the signs before they happen.

When a stroke happens, getting the right care right away can make all the difference. Know the symptoms. Recognize them for what they are. Don’t hesitate to get care if you think it may be a stroke. And do the right things now, to improve your lifestyle and help prevent a stroke from happening in the first place.

You need a system of specialists.

If you’re having a stroke, you need to know from the moment you arrive at the emergency room to the day you complete your rehabilitation, the team behind you is the best. Emergency physicians and nurses . to quickly diagnose and begin care. Neurosurgeons, neurologists, radiologists and more, . immediately available, to interpret your case and deliver the best treatment. Specialized therapists . to help you on the road to recovery. All these experts, working together, connected by a plan individualized to your care and dedicated to your recovery.

You Need the DMC.

The DMC is dedicated to stroke care before, during and after it happens. We’re helping you recognize the signs and symptoms, and recommending changes you can make to help prevent an occurrence. Our emergency services are unparalleled in quality and speed, and our specialists are ready when you arrive, to start delivering the most advanced care. And only DMC has an entire hospital dedicated to rehabilitation.

Whether you need a primary care doctor to help you determine your risk of stroke, a specialist to see you through, or a therapist to help you recover, your connection to the specialty hospitals of the DMC is 1-888-DMC-2500. 

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HealthGrades 2011 Annual Hospital Quality Study and Rankings

HealthGrades analyzed critical data from hospital across the nation to develop rankings in 27 procedures and conditions. Based upon this strenuous survey, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital has been recognized with a Stroke Care Excellence Award. This award for stroke care excellence is based upon top performance in the principle diagnosis of stroke.

Stroke Care At DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital

Detroit Receiving is the first hospital in Detroit to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center, by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Receiving’s stroke team, led by Dr.William Coplin, Receiving’s chief of neurology, has also been recognized by the American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” advisory team. Receiving is one of the few hospitals in the area with 24/7 access to the “clot-busting” drug tPA, as well as an intra-arterial clot buster and the newly FDA-approved Merci Clot Retriever.

These medical breakthroughs, combined with the team’s expertise, make Detroit Receiving a leader in the care and teaching of stroke. When a patient arrives at Detroit Receiving with symptoms of stroke, the medical response is instantaneous. The stroke team is notified, and the patient is immediately ushered into an emergency department module, where assessment and treatment begins at once. This ability to swiftly diagnose and treat patients distinguishes Detroit Receiving’s stroke program and decreases the likelihood of permanent disability for the patient.

Stroke Care at DMC Harper University Hospital

The Comprehensive Stroke Program at Harper University Hospital, in partnership with Wayne State University, is one of the nation’s top stroke treatment and research programs. The program recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. This prestigious certification is granted to stroke care programs that follow strict national standards and guidelines proven to significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Neurologists in the Comprehensive Stroke Program are leading the way in Michigan and nationwide in lowering the risk of stroke, treating acute stroke, preventing recurrent stroke, and helping patients regain skills lost during stroke. At Harper, a vascular neurologist (a neurologist who specializes in stroke) is always available — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — for emergency care of patients with acute stroke.

In addition, as part of an academic research program, Harper patients benefit from leading-edge research into new stroke treatments.

Stroke Care at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital

By demonstrating compliance with standards for health care quality and safety, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital earned designation as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission. Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital’s stroke team is comprised of highly skilled and trained physicians and nurses. Along with state-of-the-art diagnostic brain imaging capabilities the intensive care unit is skilled in handling neurological emergencies along with the hospital’s inpatient stroke care unit. Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital also has around the clock access to neurological specialist at DMC Harper University Hospital through video robots located in their Emergency Department.

All of these services ensure that patients coming to the DMC will have highly-specialized stroke care from the moment they enter our Emergency Departments, during their inpatient stay, and through post-acute rehabilitation.