Since its inception in late 1999, the Stroke Center at Suburban Hospital has been dedicated to researching the most effective ways to diagnose and treat stroke using new technologies and drugs. With physician-scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) working side-by-side with Suburban Hospital clinicians, the Suburban Hospital Stroke Program assures access to the most advanced medical protocols and cutting-edge technology.
This unique relationship has contributed to major advances in diagnosis and treatment for the more than 730,000 Americans who have strokes each year. The Suburban Hospital Stroke Program combines the world-class research capabilities of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke with almost 70 years of clinical excellence at a hospital known for providing great medicine in a community setting. The result is one of the most advanced stroke treatment programs anywhere.
This collaborative effort was the first acute stroke treatment program in Montgomery County to receive certification as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission. More recently, The Suburban Hospital Stroke Program was named a specialty referral center for stroke by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.
24-Hour Stroke Team
The Suburban Hospital Stroke Program incorporates a rapid-response medical team that is highly trained in the newest, most effective diagnostic and treatment procedures. As soon as a stroke patient arrives at Suburban Hospital, this multidisciplinary team promptly goes into action to confirm the diagnosis, identify the type of stroke and quickly initiate an optimal treatment plan.
The Suburban Hospital MRI Center is an integral part of our stroke program. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows clinicians to see the stroke as it is occurring in the brain, while the damage is still potentially reversible. Ongoing NIH and Suburban Stroke Center research projects focus on using MRI as a guide to evaluate new interventions for stroke that will extend the window of time for effective treatment.
Stroke patients are admitted either to our dedicated Stroke Unit or to the Intensive Care Unit, depending on their condition. Standardized care pathways ensure that patients benefit from treatment strategies that have been proven effective.
Thanks to new treatment options, many stroke patients are treated and discharged from Suburban Hospital within a few days with few residual issues. However, extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services are available at the hospital and at NRH/Suburban Regional Rehab for those who require additional therapy. Patient and family education, combined with physical, occupational and speech therapy, are making a significant difference in patients’ lives.