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Stroke Center

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) is the first accredited Primary Stroke Center in Michigan and is nationally recognized for quality and excellence in caring for stroke patients. The hospital's comprehensive stroke program is designed to educate, diagnose, treat and manage stroke. From its educational resources to t-PA (clot busting drug; Activase) capabilities, SJMO strives to be a community leader in combating this disease.

The 10 Steps to Recovery

  1. Most stroke patients arrive through the Emergency Department via EMS.
  2. Patients are assessed using a 16-Slice CT Scanner, lab work and evaluation.
  3. Stroke care team determines whether patient is a candidate for tPA. (a clot-busting drug, three-hour window from the onset of symptoms to receive this treatment.)
  4. Stroke care team discusses treatment options as appropriate with family members.
  5. If a stroke patient receives t-PA he/she will be monitored in the intensive care unit overnight, then transferred to the stroke unit the following day.
  6. Patient receives care at a dedicated stroke unit with physicians, nurses and support staff specially trained in caring for stroke patients.
  7. A multidisciplinary team consisting of speech therapists, physical therapists, staff nurses and physicians specialized in stroke care work as a team to treat the patient.
  8. Physical therapy begins within 24 hours of the onset of a stroke, and is offered twice a day, seven days a week on the stroke unit.
  9. SJMO's comprehensive stroke program offers an aggressive rehabilitation program to help patients recover quicker and reduce the appearance of disability. Patients are required to participate in therapies three hours a day within the hospital.
  10. A monthly stroke support group is offered for patients and families called "Stroke Folks" (includes golf school).

Community Outreach

  • Project Brain Save. A collaborative effort between SJMO and local EMS agencies designed to educate the community and promote state-of-the-art EMS education for acute stroke.
  • Community Heart and Stroke Watch Program. A collaborative initiative between SJMO, local businesses and EMS providers to educate businesses within the community about heart attack and stroke warning signs and symptoms.
  • LEARN (Laboratory for Education and Research in Neuroscience)An initiative led by the Michigan Department of Community Health and SJMO to raise community awareness of new acute stroke management treatments.

Facts and Figures

  • Stroke Center team treats more than 500 patients each year.
  • SJMO's comprehensive stroke program is the first accredited Primary Stroke Center in Michigan.
  • SJMO operates one of only two 16-slice CT scanners in Southeast Michigan (results are seen in three minutes; more than 200 percent faster than a regular CT scan.)
  • Comprehensive stroke program allows patients to shorten their hospital stay and recover faster.

Meet our Stroke Care Coordinators

  • Connie Parliament, R.N., M.S.N.-Clinical Program Director, Neuroscience Services

To learn more about our comprehensive stroke program, please call 248-858-6502.

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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland | 44405 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac, Michigan 48341 | 248-858-3000