Stroke Care

The Stroke Program at O’Connor Hospital is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating strokes, with expert clinicians and the latest technology. Our objective is to decrease the risks for stroke, help improve our stroke patients’ quality of life and decrease their disability from stroke.

TS_EliteIcons_Verb_PlusIconsO’Connor Hospital’s Stroke Program is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the foremost accrediting body in health care in the United States. Stroke certification is awarded to centers that pass a rigorous on-site review and a thorough examination of the program and patient care. The certification recognizes our commitment to following national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Stroke Achievement Award

O’Connor Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) 2016 “Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award” and also qualified for recognition on the “Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.” The award recognizes O’Connor Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that its stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.

The association’s Target: Stroke Recognition Award recognizes O’Connor for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat an ischemic stroke.

Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment

According to the AHA/ASA, more than 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year. Of these, about 610,000 are first attacks and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Few conditions can occur as rapidly and with as devastating consequences as stroke.

Yet about 4.5 million stroke survivors are alive today. The innovation of diagnostic technologies, advanced treatment techniques and improved management of stroke risk factors have created new hope for persons who have had a stroke or who are at risk of having a stroke.

While many centers are concerned mainly with managing acute stroke, the Stroke Care Program at O’Connor Hospital is multifaceted and focuses on state-of-the-art acute stroke management, prevention of future strokes through medication management, changes in lifestyle through patient education and post stroke rehabilitation.

A Center for All Stroke Needs

With O’Connor’s Stroke Care Program, care  is coordinated from the first point of contact, whether through the Emergency Department, the Acute Care Stroke Unit, the Rehabilitation Unit or Outpatient Services. Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Neurologists
  • Radiologists
  • Emergency room physicians
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Trained nursing staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Laboratory personnel
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech language pathologists

We offer comprehensive services for stroke patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Inpatient services focus on acute stroke interventions, diagnostic evaluations, prevention of stroke extension and recurrence and stroke rehabilitation. O’Connor Hospital is the only stroke program in Santa Clara Valley to have a fellowship-trained and board-certified stroke neurologist on its stroke team.

O’Connor Hospital has a designated unit with private rooms staffed by trained nurses in stroke. Inpatient services include:

  • Comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the underlying cause(s) of the stroke
  • In-depth evaluation and treatment of risk factors for stroke
  • Inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language/cognition pathology

Our expertise in outpatient services includes:

  • Stroke prevention with continued management of risk factors
  • Evaluation and care of disabilities caused by prior strokes, including physical and psychological problems
  • Outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language pathology