Stroke Care

Comprehensive Stroke Center close to home

Ascension hospitals treat more people with strokes than any other hospital in Michigan.*

(Claim verification: *Based on 2018 market share data/hospital discharges, July 2017-June 2018.)

Stroke, brain, and spine care in Central Michigan

Our doctors and care teams deliver personalized care with a multispecialty approach. We specialize in treatments for patients with stroke and brain and spine conditions. We have a steadfast commitment to preventing injuries and illnesses. Our team of specialists are well trained and coordinated to mobilize within minutes to stabilize, diagnose, and treat complex neurological conditions.

For more information, please call Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital neuroscience and stroke care at 989-907-8000.

Comprehensive Stroke Center certification

Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan, has earned a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification from The Joint Commission, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Achieving the CSC certification is a demanding requirement designed for hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

CSC designation represents:

  • Excellence in the care of stroke patients.
  • With the CSC designation, the hospital can now treat the most complex (or serious) of strokes.
  • An acute stroke care team available 24/7.

Ascension TeleStroke program connects the ER with neuro-specialists

When it comes to stroke, seconds matter. Which is why your Ascension care team developed a TeleStroke program. The Telestroke program is available at:

We utilize high definition cameras, so the ER doctors in Saginaw, Standish and Tawas can interact with an Ascension telemedicine network of neurologic specialists. Any time day or night, a ER doctor can consult with our brain and spine team when timely stroke care is needed.

***If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911 and get to the closest emergency room.***

Ascension Michigan neuroscience program highlights at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital

  • Comprehensive Stroke Center certification by The Joint Commission.
  • Neuroscience Center of Excellence.
  • Dedicated neuroscience care unit; first in the state of Michigan.
  • 24-bed neurological step-down unit.
  • Neurosurgery and interventional operating suites.
  • Neurological nurses: Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurses and Stroke Certified Registered Nurses.
  • Advanced neurodiagnostic testing: stealth image-guided navigation, ISO 3C spine imaging system, 64-slice CT scanning, and open MRI.
  • Robotic-assisted technology, including CyberKnife and daVinci surgical systems.
  • Rehabilitation therapies and spine care programs.
  • Research and prevention programs through the Field Neurosciences Institute.

Stroke outcomes data

Ascension stroke care teams regularly monitor carotid and cerebral angiogram procedure data to evaluate and deliver the safest care for our patients. Below is the most current outcomes data for Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital.

Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital Outcomes Data


2018 Outcomes


30-day stroke & death rate following symptomatic carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting

1/36 = 3 %


30-day stroke & death rate following asymptomatic carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting

0/27 = 0 %



24-hour stroke & death rate following diagnostic cerebral angiogram

0/131 =0 %