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About the Stroke Centers

The Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins has two stroke centers certified by the Joint Commission and Maryland’s Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), one at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and one at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Joint Commission's and MIEMSS stroke center certifications (Primary Stroke Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center) recognize that our centers offer the critical elements required to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center certification is a distinction that emphasizes the capacity to offer the most specialized care to the most complex stroke patients on a 24/7 basis.

The nationally recognized Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center provides compassionate and innovative care through our state-of-the-art inpatient hospital and the Stroke Prevention And Recovery Center (SPARC).

Patients benefit from a wide range of comprehensive medical, surgical, and minimally invasive treatment options, as well as access to Johns Hopkins clinical trials and research.


With our multidisciplinary team of doctors and specialists at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, we are uniquely positioned to offer patients comprehensive treatment plans from the moment a patient arrives at the hospital. Our emergency medicine physicians, vascular neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, neuroradiologists, neurointensivists rehabilitation specialists, and stroke team work together to enable unparalleled collaborative care and effectively evaluate and manage the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

For more information, contact The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center at 410-955-2228.
If you have questions about the Stroke Prevention and Recovery Center, please call us at 443-287-8514.

A stroke is a medical emergency. It is critical to recognize the signs of a stroke. The greatest chance for recovery from stroke occurs when treatment is started immediately. Should you experience any of these symptoms, please call 911 and immediately go to the hospital.

Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award

The American Heart Associations's 2013 gold plus seal

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Johns Hopkins Hospital for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals, and 75 percent or higher compliance with 5 or 8 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures, to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

This award recognizes Johns Hopkins Hospital’s commitment to success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care, according to evidenced-based guidelines.


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