Heart &
Vascular

Primary Stroke Center

Like a heart attack in the brain

A stroke is a true medical emergency. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts, depriving the brain of oxygen. Just as oxygen-starved heart muscle dies during a heart attack, brain damage can occur within minutes of a stroke.

Because different areas of the brain control different parts of the body, brain damage can keep those parts from working normally.

Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability. Early diagnosis and treatment can help lessen a stroke’s long-term effects and increase the chances of survival.

Nationally recognized stroke care

West Medical Center and TriPoint Medical Center are designated by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers. Their Gold Seal of Approval™ signifies that our stroke program meets stringent criteria and that the hospitals underwent a comprehensive on-site evaluation. We’re dedicated to quick response, advanced treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation.

Our Primary Stroke Centers offer a full range of care by a staff of experts. Our Acute Stroke Team is comprised of Emergency Department physicians, neurologists and specially trained nurses.

Stroke-ready Emergency Departments

Coordination with local EMS ensures that treatment begins in the field. Lake Health has partnered with Lake County EMS departments and has provided their EMTs and paramedics with focused training on the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Our local EMS partners call ahead to the Emergency Department to activate our Acute Stroke Team.

Under the direction of the Emergency Department physician and specially trained RNs, the stroke team immediately initiates a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients who may be suffering a stroke. Neurologists are available to the team for further consultation and treatment decisions.