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About the Stroke Centers
A stroke is a medical emergency. If you experience these symptoms, please call 911 and go to the hospital immediately. Make sure you and your family can recognize the signs of a stroke, since prompt treatment means the best chance for optimal recovery.
FAST Response to Stroke Symptoms and tPA Saves a Life | Althea’s Story
Recognizing the signs of a stroke and getting to The Johns Hopkins Hospital quickly meant Althea got the clot-busting medication tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), which saved her life. Watch her story to learn what you can do in a similar situation and how the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Stroke Center is continually making research advances in stroke treatments.
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. These certifications recognize that our centers offer the critical elements for long-term success and improving outcomes.
Created through a generous philanthropic gift from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute, with locations in Baltimore (U.S.) and Abu Dhabi (UAE), draws on Johns Hopkins’ vast leadership in stroke diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, including biomedical research; acute medical and surgical treatment; brain repair and neuroplasticity; behavioral recovery; prevention and public health.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital: The First Comprehensive Stroke Center In Maryland
The Comprehensive Stroke Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, directed by Dr. Victor Urrutia, has earned the Joint Commission's and MIEMSS's stroke center certifications as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This ensures specialized care for patients with even the most challenging strokes throughout the course of their diagnosis, treatment and recovery, at both the state-of-the-art inpatient hospital unit and the Stroke Prevention And Recovery Center (SPARC).
Patients benefit from a range of comprehensive medical, surgical and minimally invasive treatment options, as well as access to Johns Hopkins clinical trials and research and skilled nursing care. Our multidisciplinary team of doctors and specialists offers you comprehensive treatment plans from the moment you arrive at the hospital, with world-class emergency medicine physicians, vascular neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, neuroradiologists, neurointensivists, rehabilitation specialists and stroke care experts working together on your evaluation and treatment. The Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU) ensures expert care, informed by the latest research and tailored to the specific needs of individuals with stroke and other neurologic and neurosurgical conditions
Why Choose the Johns Hopkins Stroke Center
We are proud to report that our compliance rates are at or above the national safety standard and meet or exceed the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association's "Get with the Guidelines" performance targets. Our quality statistics:
- Compliant: Compliance with the American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines" performance measures at or above 85 percent, better than the national benchmark.
- Compliant: Carotid endarterectomy data are tracked by the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) and meet the national benchmark.
- Compliant: Serious complication rates for diagnostic angiogram are less than 1 percent: better than the national benchmark.
#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Recovering After a Stroke – Argye Hillis, M.D.
Argye Hillis, M.D., and her team use brain imaging and functional assessments over the first year after a stroke to identify changes in blood flow in the brain, see what parts of the brain are active during certain tasks and observe how different parts of the brain work together during tasks, such as naming and reading.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center: 410-955-2228
Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award
The Johns Hopkins Hospital achieved the 2018 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognition in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® program. These distinctions recognize our center's commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely.
Earning the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award means meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
To qualify for the Target Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV-tPA), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given within the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, IV-tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
Learn more about our Centers' performance and accountability.
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment or refer a patient, please call:
Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337
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