Brain and Spine Conditions - Neurology

Joint Commission Certified Stroke Centers

Ascension Saint Thomas has three Joint Commission Certified Stroke Centers. When a stroke occurs, our care teams are ready with 24/7, expert care.

The Joint Commission Certified Stroke Center Seal Of Approval

Joint Commission Certified Stroke Centers

If you think you are having a stroke, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

At Ascension Saint Thomas, our stroke care teams, specially trained in the treatment of neurological disorders, are  available 24/7 to provide immediate, individualized stroke care. Ascension Saint Thomas Stroke Centers offer a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of each patient. In order to ensure the highest quality of patient care and recovery, our team provides support and education to both the patient and their family members. Following immediate care, our expert rehabilitation team delivers advanced stroke rehabilitation programs and therapies on an in-patient and out-patient basis.

Quality

Ascension Saint Thomas has three Joint Commissioned centers: Saint Thomas West Hospital is a Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital are both Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Advanced Primary Stroke Centers at Saint Thomas Health

Saint Thomas Midtown

  • July 2017-June 2018
  • tPA (Alteplase) treatment rate:  100% of eligible stroke patients receiving tPA
  • tPA treatment time:  77% eligible stroke patients receiving tPA within 60 minutes

Saint Thomas Rutherford

  • July 2017-June 2018
  • tPA (Alteplase) treatment rate:  100% of eligible stroke patients receiving tPA
  • tPA treatment time:  67% eligible stroke patients receiving tPA within 60 minutes

Saint Thomas Rutherford

  • July 2017-June 2018
  • tPA (Alteplase) treatment rate:  100% of eligible stroke patients receiving tPA
  • tPA treatment time:  74% eligible stroke patients receiving tPA within 60 minutes; 55% receiving tPA within 45 minutes
  • Carotid Endarterectomy: 0% mortality rate
  • Carotid Artery Stenting: 0% mortality rate

Treatment

Our stroke team at Ascension Saint Thomas has developed a system for rapid diagnosis and treatment for patients who have been admitted to the emergency department. State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment is available 24-7 to provide brain imaging scans that allow our staff of nationally recognized stroke specialists to run the highest level of patient evaluations and utilize clot-busting medications when appropriate.

At Ascension Saint Thomas Health, we offer a wide range of stroke treatment options. For ischemic stroke, this includes:

  • IV tPA
  • Endovascular intervention including mechanical thrombectomy and carotid and cerebral artery interventions
  • For hemorrhagic stroke (subarachnoid hemorrhage or intracranial hemorrhage), this includes both endovascular and open surgical aneurysm treatments and other operative interventions.
  • When a stroke occurs, the Saint Thomas Health team is ready with expert care 24/7. Immediate, individualized care is the key to maximum recovery.

Support Group

Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Survivor Support Group @ American Heart Association – Nashville

1818 Patterson St, Nashville, TN 37203

2nd Wednesday of every month at 4:30P

 

For more information, visit https://www.jccnsf.org/stroke-support-groups, or contact a member of our stroke team:

Amy Couvillion RN, BSN: 615-222-7226

Dr. Frank LaFranchise, MD: 615-284-5433

Jodie Richter, RN, BSN: 615-284-3918

Sylvia McLaughlin, BSN, CNRN: 615-396-4758

Michelle Kearney, ANCP-BC615-222-6709

Why Choose Ascension in Nashville?

  • Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital

    Saint Thomas is a family of TN hospitals and physician practices, and a part of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in the

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  • Saint Thomas West Hospital

    Saint Thomas West serves the Nashville community through compassionate, personalized treatment and holistic, reverent, high acuity care.

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    615-222-2111
  • Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

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    615-396-4100