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

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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 Time to Thrombolytic Therapy ≤ 60 minutes 75% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Our Quality Measures (January - June 2017)
Measure #7 (CSTK7)
How quickly we can remove the clot to treat an ischemic stroke.    

Our Result: 113 minutes

Benchmark: 106 minutes

Measure #8 (CSTK8) How often our Neuro-interventional Radiologists can restore full blood flow with clot removal.    

Our Result: 100%

Benchmark: 84%

Measure #9 (CSTK9)
How long it takes us to start the procedure with skin puncture for clot removal.    

Our Result: 39 minutes

Benchmark: 81 minutes

Modified Rankin Score 0-2 at 3 months after clot removal procedure. The modified Rankin is a scale used to measure the disability level in daily activities of people who have suffered a stroke. 

Patient reporting functional independence ** at 90 days from discharge.    

** Independent with bathing, dressing, preparing meals. May not be able to drive or do all previous activities (Working, dancing, playing golf).

Our Results:

2016: 46%
2017 to date: 54%

Patient Stories

Hear what patients say about their journey

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
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