Stroke Services

McLaren is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to our stroke patients. The clock starts ticking upon the first signs of a stroke. For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die. The key to maximizing your outcome after stroke symptoms begin is to immediately call 9-1-1 so you can get to the Emergency Department as soon as possible. Similar to treating a heart attack, evidence based medicine shows there is a "treatment window" for maximizing outcomes for stroke patients. McLaren is among the best in area stroke care and employs a skilled to staff to increase positive results.

Stroke is a medical emergency! Time is critical if you are having a stroke. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms

The National Stroke Association says you can use the acronym FAST:

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time - If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

McLaren Oakland Stroke Center

McLaren Oakland physicians and nurses who care for stroke patients have gone through a rigorous education process to better serve patients who come to our hospital with stroke signs and symptoms.

Members of our stroke center include the ER physicians and nurses, stroke unit nurses, physical/occupational and speech therapists and the neurologist, in addition other health care professionals at McLaren Oakland. In addition to providing the highest level of care for stroke patients, we provide support and education for family members.

The Stroke Center features:

  • A dedicated unit just for stroke patients; 
  • An educated, multidisciplinary team of physicians, stroke-certified nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists whose goal is to immediately treat and stabilize the patient. Then, assess functions that need repair. Provide specialized nursing care. Get patients started on therapies to restore function. Work with patient, family members and friends on an outpatient therapy plan that continues to maximize function. 
  • An educated Emergency Department team prepared to treat stroke patients immediately on arrival at the hospital, with thrombylitic (clot-busting) therapy. Radiology and nuclear medicine staff ready to carry out emergency tests to determine type and location of stroke. Neurosurgeons on-call, as needed. 
  • Team committed to following the stroke therapeutic protocol outlined in the National Stroke Association's "Get-With-The-Guidelines." .
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