Union Hospital’s Stroke Center is committed to helping lower the incidence of strokes – a dangerous affliction that strikes more than a half-million Americans each year. To that end, we've dramatically improved our ability to treat stroke with the launch of Cleveland Clinic telestroke service, a tele-medicine connection between Union Hospital and nationally recognized Cleveland Clinic Cerebrovascular Center.
After successful use of Cleveland Clinic’s Telestroke Network and meeting the rigorous standards for training, equipment, and staffing, Union Hospital has achieved the status of Certified Primary Stroke Center. The certification is given by DNV, the hospital's accrediting organization.
In addition, Union Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center, certified by The Joint Commission. This signifies that Union Hospital has met stringent national stroke care standards. As a Certified Stroke Center, Union Hospital is held to the highest standards in the areas of quality and patient safety, which means the best care for your family.
Union Hospital is one of 17 Cleveland Clinic locations to have earned a stroke certification from The Joint Commission.
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Award
In 2021, Union Hospital's stroke program received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® awards of:
- Stroke Gold Plus
- Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite
Cleveland Clinic's health system boasts an additional 16 hospitals identified for exceptional care through the Get with the Guidelines® award. These achievements recognize Cleveland Clinic health system's commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
So, when strokes do happen, Union Hospital caregivers are even more prepared to provide you with treatment that's fast and effective, working side-by-side with a Cleveland Clinic stroke expert.
To improve the chance of survival and limit permanent disability, BE FAST and call 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke symptoms.
Cleveland Clinic Treatment
Within minutes of a patient's arrival at the Union Hospital Emergency Department, a CT scan of the brain will be done and sent electronically to Cleveland Clinic’s Cerebrovascular Center. Telestroke equipment, including high-resolution cameras and communication devices, are brought into the room, and create a virtual bedside presence involving Cleveland Clinic stroke experts.
A member of Cleveland Clinic's team of stroke specialists can see and talk with a patient, conduct a patient examination along with a Union physician and nurse, and then help meet the need for fast treatment decisions to control advancing tissue damage.
Typically, care and treatment of the patient will continue at Union Hospital, however, the collaboration with Cleveland Clinic allows us to provide immediate transfer of the patient to Cleveland if surgical intervention is necessary.
Union Hospital’s Emergency Department works closely with the highly acclaimed board-certified specialists and sub-specialists at Cleveland Clinic in the following stroke treatment categories:
- Vascular neurologists
- Endovascular neurosurgeons
- Interventional neurologists and neuroradiologists with training in neurosurgery, radiology and neurology
- Neurointensivists (physicians specially trained in neurocritical care)
- Pediatric stroke neurologists
- Stroke rehabilitation specialists
In addition, Cleveland Clinic's Cerebrovascular Center has received national awards and certifications, recognizing its rigorous stroke care protocol that meets or exceeds national standards and guidelines that improve outcomes.
Diagnostic tools such as brain image scans help guide treatment, and neurologists conduct fast but thorough patient evaluations.
Recovery & Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation begins at the inpatient stage and continues on an outpatient basis, involving an interdisciplinary team that may include psychiatrists, neurologists, rehabilitation nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, recreational therapists and case managers.
Union Hospital offers high-quality rehabilitation services. Our 12-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Center provides comprehensive medical care and daily therapy services to help stroke patients prepare for discharge to their home.
During the inpatient stage, rehabilitation may involve activities in our dedicated rehabilitation facility. After dismissal, patients may be involved in a specific rehabilitation program at our UH Healthplex facility on the Union Hospital campus. Healthplex is a state-of-the-art facility operated by experts in the field of rehabilitation, sports medicine and fitness.
From home, many patients continue their stroke rehabilitation as outpatients at our Healthplex facility. This state-of-the-art center has helped thousands of patients with skilled physical, occupational and speech therapy services.
To learn more about inpatient rehabilitation, call 330.365.3806.