Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability.
Though this number is high, we are making progress thanks to major advances in medical treatment and diagnosis of stroke, plus increased public awareness and more emphasis on reducing the major risk factors of stroke.
Methodist Healthcare is redefining stroke care in San Antonio.
Methodist Hospital, the largest provider of stroke care in South Texas, has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL Healthcare, USA, Inc., one of the leading accrediting agencies in the United States. Facilities certified as Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer the most advanced stroke treatment available in a given geographic area. The emphasis these programs place on deploying a disciplined management system, combined with the relevant clinical best practices, sets DNV GL stroke certifications apart from other programs.
The Joint Commission, an organization devoted to developing and evaluating the highest health care standards, has designated Methodist Hospital and its campuses at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and Northeast Methodist Hospital as well as Methodist Stone Oak Hospital, as Primary Stroke Centers.
You’re in Experienced Hands
- Neurology nurses, certified in stroke care by the National Institutes of Health
- Surgical services team dedicated to neurosurgery patients
- Rehabilitation team with extensive experience in physical, occupational and speech therapy
- Radiology services team, experts in areas of special procedures, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT), and Gamma Knife® treatment
- Emergency Department staff with extensive experience in treating patients with stroke symptoms
- Our team also includes a PhD-prepared Neuro Clinical Nurse Specialist, who also represents Methodist Healthcare on the board of the American Association of Neurosciences Nurses
Experienced and Innovative Medical Team
- Emergency Physicians and Neurosurgeons
- Neuro Interventional Radiologists – available to treat intra-arterial thrombolysis, mechanical clot retrieval and coil treatment for aneurysms
- Vascular Surgeons – for any urgent vascular interventions Neurologists – available for consultations regarding administration of tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), a clot busting drug approved for use in certain patients having a stroke. The drug must be administered within a three-hour period from onset of symptoms of an ischemic stroke. Timely administration of tPA can reduce loss of physical and mental functioning that strokes can cause.