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Stroke Care at St. Joseph

Our designation as a Primary Stroke Center, through the State of Washington, means that we follow the best practices for stroke care and tailor our interventions to individual patient needs. Our targeted, quality program is dedicated to saving lives, and minimizing disability and the damaging effects related to stroke.

Cardiac and Stroke Emergency Care

When precious minutes matter most, St. Joseph’s ER provides rapid, cutting-edge cardiac and stroke care. As a Level I Cardiac Facility, through the State of Washington, our team of specialty-trained staff provides primary angioplasty and stenting interventions. “Door-to-balloon” time is the interval between a heart attack patient’s arrival at the ER and the inflation of a balloon-tipped catheter to open a blocked artery. The national standard is 90 minutes or less. On average, our team at St. Joseph’s typically accomplishes this procedure within 60 minutes.

St. Joseph’s Primary Stroke Center provides:

  • Rapid assessment of patients with stroke symptoms
  • Aggressive treatment using the very latest therapies and procedures to remove or dissolve blood clots and blockages inside the neck and head
  • Comprehensive care throughout hospitalization, including the services of an Adult Critical Care Unit
  • Nurses with neurological expertise or special training in stroke care
  • Comprehensive care from board certified neurologists
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Community education programs and support group