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For more information about Stroke or anything associated with it, visit these websites.

National Stroke Association

American Stroke Association

Explaining Stroke

St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Top Tier of U.S. Hospitals Treating Strokes
St. Joseph Regional Health Center has received the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award.  Hospitals who receive the award have aggressively treated stroke patients with 85% or higher compliance to best practice standards of care (outlined by the American Stroke Association) for 12 consecutive months.

• St. Joseph developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the ER.  The hospital aggressively uses clot-busting drugs when appropriate, has neurologists available for patient evaluations and is equipped to provide brain scans.


  • 1800 hospitals out of the 5815 total hospitals in the U.S. have agreed to participate in ASA's Get With The Guidelines.
  • Less than 600 hospitals in the U.S. are on the gold or silver honor rolls.
  • To make the list, hospitals must meet the ASA's standards 85% of the time for 12 consecutive months.

Most hospitals that implement Get With The Guidelines® realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events.


  • Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
  • On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds, dies of stroke every three minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


Saint Joseph Regional Health Center is a non-profit 253 bed hospital. SJRHC is the region's first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, which requires the hospital to organize a multidisciplinary stroke team to coordinate care among first responders, emergency room staff, physicians, diagnostic staff, rehabilitation staff and other health providers who care for stroke patients.




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