Time is Brain. In the event of a stroke, every minute counts.
Stroke care at Swedish is designed to ensure that stroke patients receive safe, timely, comprehensive care using the most advanced treatments available.
Swedish Cherry Hill and First Hill are Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Centers. This designation recognizes the expertise and dedication of the Swedish Stroke Team, which includes physicians, nurses, imaging and lab staff who are available 24/7 to respond and provide individualized care within minutes of a patient's arrival to the Emergency Department. Swedish Cherry Hill consistently maintains "door-to-needle" times well under the national standard of 60 minutes, and the ability to perform and interpret urgent CT scans and MRIs, as well as quickly process lab tests for stroke patients.
The Stroke Program at Swedish is proud to offer 24/7 access to neurologists, neurosurgeons and neurointensivists, stroke trained nurses and therapists and a comprehensive rehabilitation program.
Swedish has the largest regional TeleHealth network in Washington State. The TeleStroke program uses secure video technology to provide emergent stroke expertise to communities and ensures that a stroke patient's window of opportunity does not close before they receive critical treatment.
Learn more about stroke in this video in our online health library.
Watch a video about Telestroke
Telestroke links experts at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute with emergency department physicians throughout the state to evaluate stroke patients.
Our stroke team
For stroke survivors
Signs of a stroke
F – Face:
Ask the patient to smile. Does one side droop?
A – Arms:
Does one arm fall down when the patient holds both arms up?
S – Speech:
Is the patient’s speech slurred or garbled?
T – Time:
If you suspect stroke, time is critical. Call 911 immediately.
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Swedish is constantly working to ensure patients with debilitating neurological disorders have access to the best treatment options, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art facilities.