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Stroke Care

Stroke Care at Rose Medical Center

Patients suffer more than 780,000 strokes a year in the United States and stroke remains one of the leading causes of death. As part of the neurosciences program at Rose Medical Center, we offer advanced and efficient stroke care that exceeds national goals. Our team provides care for the full journey of stroke care, from rapid emergency stroke care to ongoing rehabilitation for stroke patients. Our expert physicians and support staff have specialized training to recognize the symptoms and start treatment quickly, making Rose the top stroke care program in central Denver. 

When it comes to stroke, every second counts.

Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing brain tissue damage and loss. It is estimated that 1.9 billion neurons are killed per minute during a stroke. If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Stroke symptoms usually happen suddenly and can include:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

If you or are a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Advanced Stroke Care

Medical evidence demonstrates that the faster you are treated after initial symptoms, the greater your chance of recovery. We're making the grade by treating patients faster than national goals.

Report Card

Measure: The time a patient walks in the door to...

2016 data (reported medians)

2016 data (averages)

National Goals (incl. American Stroke Association goals)

... an evaluation by a physician

0 minutes

2 minutes

10 minutes

... an evaluation by a stroke team

3 minutes

6 minutes

15 minutes

... first CT slice (brain imaging)

18 minutes

20 minutes

25 minutes

... IV tPA (clot dissolving medication)

42 minutes

46 minutes

60 minutes

Our experienced and specially-trained team members include EMS,AirLife, stroke neurologists, board-certified emergency physicians, intensivists, hospitalists, Magnet®-recognized nurses, pharmacists, rehabilitation therapists and a dedicated stroke care coordination nurse.

What Makes Us Different?

At Rose Medical Center, we have a dedicated stroke team to provide rapid evaluation and treatment of stroke to improve stroke care. Our stroke care includes:

  • Stroke Alert Program to provide consistent, rapid care to stroke patients
  • 24/7 on-call neurology coverage for stroke patients
  • 24/7 neurosurgical services for hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke patients
  • Core stroke team and nursing staff all specially trained in stroke care
  • Pharmacist mixes and administers life-saving tPA drug at each patient's bedside
  • Neurorehabilitation through ourphysical, occupational and/or speech therapy as well as Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital —a sister facility with comprehensive stroke rehabilitation services
  • AirLife Denver — a highly trained emergency transport team covering vast areas of the Rocky Mountain region

Rose Medical Center participates in the Stroke Alert program with our EMS partners in the field. Stroke Alert, developed at HealthONE in collaboration with physicians and EMS agencies, enables first responders to play a critical role in the transport and treatment to create a unified team in the treatment of patients with stroke. More importantly, it improves the care and recovery of our patients.

Also, Rose Medical Center is now equipped with remote presence robotics, the latest in stroke care technology. This means patients with stroke symptoms who arrive at our ER can be assessed almost instantaneously by neurologists specializing in stroke. As a result, emergency physicians can treat stroke patients quicker in our ER, which could reduce or eliminate long-term stroke impacts on our patients.

Preventing Stroke in Our Community

We're committed to providing community resources and education about stroke prevention and stroke care. You can find our team at a variety of community events in the Denver area, and we're proud to partner with organizations around the city to bring important stroke education

Learn More About Stroke Care at Rose

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Stroke Care program at Rose, please call us at 303-320-2121. Always dial 911 in an emergency.