Stroke Care

The region's highest quality stroke care

The Heyman Stroke Center at Ascension St. John Medical Center in Tulsa provides best-in-class care to patients experiencing a stroke.

Award-winning stroke care

For more information about our stroke program, call our program coordinator at 918-744-3475

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of a stroke, call 911.

The St. John Heyman Stroke Center is the first and only Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) in eastern Oklahoma. This advanced certification recognizes hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to treat patients with the most complex strokes. The St. John Heyman Stroke Center is part of an elite group of providers—the top 10 percent of stroke facilities in the country—focused on complex stroke care and recognized as industry leaders, responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care.

Research from the American Stroke Association shows patients at certified comprehensive stroke centers receive a higher quality of stroke care, more quickly and with fewer complications. They also spend less time in the hospital and less time in rehabilitation. Comprehensive stroke centers also experience reduced costs, morbidity and mortality, and provide a safer environment that results in better patient outcomes.

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations in the U.S. The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is nationally recognized. For more information or to report a concern, please visit www.jointcommission.org.

Target: Stroke Honor Roll

The Target: Stroke Honor Roll honors hospitals that meet measures to reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the "clot-buster" tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to treat ischemic strokes. The St. John Heyman Stroke Center received the inaugural award at the 2015 International Stroke Conference for exceeding the national goal for stroke door-to-treatment time of 45 minutes and we have received the award in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well.

St. John was also part of a nationally elite group to receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Award. This new award is reserved for hospitals with door-to-treatment times within 60 minutes for at least 75 percent of applicable patients and within 45 minutes for at least 50 percent of applicable patients — the most rigorous standards in stroke treatment.

The door-to-treatment process includes a patient's arrival at the hospital; a computerized tomography scan (CT scan); lab work; an electrocardiogram; a chest X-ray; assessments by a registered nurse, emergency physician and stroke neurologist; and the administration of potentially lifesaving medication. Medication is administered when it is deemed clinically appropriate.

Why the Awards Matter

One minute of brain ischemia can kill 2 million nerve cells and 14 billion synapses.

That means the more time that elapses before treatment, the slimmer the odds of a good outcome. The St. John Heyman Stroke Center stands ready 24/7 to treat strokes as quickly as possible.

Ascension St. John community reports

The St. John Heyman Stroke Center has chosen to publicly report data submitted to The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Stroke core measures for 2018 Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Stroke Core Complications for 2019

For more information about our stroke program, call our program coordinator at 918-744-3475

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of a stroke, call 911.


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