Acute Stroke Services

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Meet our Acute Stroke Services Team

Saving lives while preserving quality of life the goal in treating stroke victims. That’s why we have assembled a comprehensive and experienced team of specialists responsible for treatment and care at John Muir Health.

From the ED staff who are the first to see you when you are admitted to the hospital, to the neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuro critical care specialists responsible for treatment and follow up, our team comprises the best and brightest minds in acute stroke care.

Behind the scenes, our acute stroke program directors ensure we follow all established clinical guidelines and have access to the latest lifesaving technologies and procedures. And our medical center provides a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center to support stroke patients while regaining physical mobility and training for activities of daily living.

Nationally and locally recognized

John Muir Medical Centers in Walnut Creek and Concord were both designated as the first stroke-certified medical centers within Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda counties in May 2005. These certifications were granted on the basis of our responsiveness to stroke assessment and treatment in the Emergency Departments, along with consistent adherence to national guidelines for providing quality inpatient care.

John Muir Health’s Stroke Centers have achieved and maintained “Get With the Guidelines” Gold Awards from the AHA/ASA for consistent quality of care (12 separate measures over a 2-year period) for stroke patients. The Gold Awards recognize John Muir Health for following established guidelines designed to provide the best care for stroke patients. They have also been awarded the AHA/ASA Target Stroke Honor Roll/Honor Roll Elite for administering critical drug treatment to patients who qualify.

FAST program

FAST has quickly become one of the standards for creating greater community awareness of stroke symptoms, and the importance in getting stroke victims to the hospital as soon as possible, when medical interventions are most effective.

FAST is an acronym that provides an easy way to remember the most common symptoms of stroke, and what to do if you recognize any of the three.

  • F - Facial drooping
  • A - Arm weakness
  • S - Speech difficulty
  • T - Time to call 911

John Muir Health is proud to have partnered with doctors, EMT staff, and the community at large in spreading the word about FAST. We have also designed a unique set of FAST educational materials and reminders to support greater awareness. If you would like to be mailed our FAST reminder magnet, please email with your name and address.

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Awards and Recognition

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes this hospital for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years and achieving Thrombolytic Therapy ≤ 60 minutes 75% and ≤ 45 minutes 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Meet our team

Bottom row L to R

  • Teri DeLaMontanya
  • Ok-Kyung Kim, MD
  • Terence Chen, MD
  • Susan Green
    MS, CNRN-Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Jennifer Cave-Brown
    MS, RN, NP, ACNP-BC, CNRD-Stroke Program Coordinator AND Nurse Practitioner
  • Patty Haggen
    PT, MHA-Executive Director of Neuroservices Service Line
Middle row L to R
Top row L to R
  • Ira Finch, MD
    Neuro-interventional Radiologist
  • Russel Rodriguez, MD
    JM-Concord ED Physician
  • Rebecca Forbes
    MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN-JMC ED Director
  • David Soohoo, MD
    JMWC ED Physician