At John Muir Health, our acute stroke services are driven by our motto, “TIME IS BRAIN” – where every second counts and prompt treatment can save a life or reduce permanent disability. Our team of specially trained practitioners and staff are available 24/7 to rapidly identify and treat patients with the most current techniques and advanced technology.
When a patient arrives to the emergency room with symptoms of a stroke, our care team is focused on rapid and accurate diagnosis of the type of stroke and severity. Our clinicians use advanced neuro-imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to diagnose stroke. Other tests that may be used to diagnose stroke and to evaluate its effects on brain function include:
Stroke treatment is dependent on the type of stroke.
Ischemic Stroke Treatment
The treatment for ischemic stroke is clot removal. Doctors can accomplish this with medication and mechanical treatments:
Hemorrhagic Stroke Treatment
The treatment for hemorrhagic stroke is to stop bleeding from ruptured blood vessels. Our specialists treat hemorrhagic stroke patients with the most technically advanced treatments available:
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Stroke Association
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At John Muir Health our goal when treating stroke patients is to preserve our patient’s quality of life. That is why we have assembled a comprehensive and experienced team of specialists - neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurocritical care specialists, and nurses - onsite 24/7 who work together as a team to care for our stroke patients.
To ensure our program meets the highest standards, our acute stroke program administrative team ensures we follow all established clinical practice guidelines and have access to the latest lifesaving technologies and procedures.
Stroke Program Administrative Team
Jennifer Cave-Brown, MS, RN, NP, ACNP-BC, CNRN
Stroke Program Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner
Susan Green, MS, RN, CNS, CNRN
Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist
LuAnne Miller, BSN, RN, PHN, PCCN, SCRN
Ok-Kyung Kim, MD - Neurologist
Stroke Program Medical Director
Ira Finch, MD - Neuro-interventional Radiologist