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O'Connor Hospital


 O'Connor Hospital

Stroke Care

At O’Connor Hospital, our Stroke Care Program is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating strokes. Our expert multidisciplinary team has won numerous awards and recognitions for improving outcomes for stroke patients.

At O’Connor, you receive:

  • Award-winning care:
    We have been a Joint Commission certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center since 2005. Additionally, O'Connor received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's 2018 "Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award" and "Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus" recognition. The Honor Roll Elite Plus award recognizes that patients at O’Connor are treated quickly with lifesaving medications.
  • An experienced team of experts:
    • Teleneurologists
    • Neurologists
    • Radiologists
    • Neurosurgeons
    • Vascular surgeons
    • Occupational therapists
    • Physical therapists
    • Physical Therapist Assistants
    • Speech/Language pathologists
  • Innovative diagnosis and treatment:
    O’Connor physicians and staff use the latest diagnostic and treatment methods to assess and improve function after a stroke. These technologies include fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) (inpatient only) and VitalStim® (outpatient only), used to evaluate and treat swallowing disorders.

Stroke Diagnosis

A simple way to remember the warning signs of a stroke is the acronym FAST. It stands for:

  • F ace drooping
  • A rm weakness
  • S peech difficulty
  • T ime to call 911

If your physician suspects you suffered a stroke and refers you to O’Connor, or you suspect you suffered one, a Stroke Care team member conducts a thorough exam that includes:

  • Your medical history
  • A physical exam
  • A computed tomography (CT) scan to determine whether the stroke resulted from a clot or from bleeding inside the brain
  • Additional tests, depending on the scan results and how soon you arrive in the emergency room
  • Computed Tomographic Angiogram (CTA), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) to obtain blood vessel images to guide treatment

Stroke Treatment

People who have symptoms of a stroke need to call 911 immediately. At O’Connor, our emergency department stroke team are specially trained to quickly deliver lifesaving drugs such as intravenous alteplase (IV tPA), a clot-busting drug administered directly into your vein, to stroke patients. The prompt medical attention of our trained technicians and staff prevents potential complications and disabilities.

Stroke treatments that our physicians recommend include medication such as IV tPA and surgery based on the type of stroke and the severity of the symptoms.

The goals of treatment are to:

  • Prevent life-threatening complications
  • Prevent future strokes
  • Reduce the risk of disability
  • Prevent long-term complications

Inpatient Stroke Services

Our inpatient services department has a designated stroke unit with private rooms for patients recovering from a stroke. Nurses with special training and experience in stroke recovery care for patients in this unit. We are dedicated to providing the best outcome possible for all stroke patients.

Our inpatient program is focused on:

  • Stroke prevention, through education and treatment of risk factors
  • Evaluation and treatment of the underlying cause(s) of the stroke
  • Prevention of stroke extension and recurrence
  • Stroke rehabilitation through:
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Speech Language Pathology
      • Swallowing Evaluation and treatment
      • Cognitive Evaluation and re-training
      • Speech Evaluation and training
      • Depression Screening

Outpatient Stroke Services

At O’Connor, we strive to help improve your quality of life and decrease your risk of disability from stroke.

Our outpatient services include:

  • Evaluation and care of disabilities caused by strokes, including physical and psychological problems
  • Outpatient services that include:
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Speech Language Pathology
      • Swallowing Evaluation and treatment
      • Cognitive Evaluation and re-training
      • Speech Evaluation and training
Gold Plus

Contact Us

For more information about our stroke care or support services or to make an appointment, call (408) 947-2689.

For more information on the Stroke Support Group, call (408) 947-2522.

Stroke Education and Support

Patient Education and Support are important aspects of your care at O’Connor. We offer a Stroke Support Group which is facilitated by rehabilitation staff therapists and is open to stroke survivors and their caregivers.

Visit these resources for information on stroke prevention: