Stroke Care

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.

Stroke Care

For more information, contact one of our stroke program coordinators today:

Jodie Richter, RN, BSN

Sylvia McLaughlin, BSN, CNRN

Michelle Kearney, ANCP-BC

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.


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.

Joint Commission Certified Stroke Center

Ascension Saint Thomas has three Joint Commission Certified Stroke 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, an independent, non-for-profit, is the nation’s predominate standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, The Joint Commission has maintained state-of-the-art standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations.

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

Featured Locations

  • Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital

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  • Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

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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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