At O’Connor Hospital, our Stroke Care Program is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating strokes. Our expert multidisciplinary team has won numerous awards and recognitions for improving outcomes for stroke patients. 

At O’Connor, you receive:

  • Award-winning care:
    We have been a Joint Commission certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center since 2005. O'Connor Hospital has also received the American Heart Association’s SilverPlus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award and Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award with an additonal Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award. This recognizes that O’Connor Hospital is meeting quality measures and patients are treated quickly with lifesaving medications.
  • An experienced team of experts:
    • Teleneurologists
    • Neurologists
    • Radiologists
    • Neurosurgeons
    • Vascular surgeons
    • Occupational therapists
    • Physical therapists
    • Physical Therapist Assistants
    • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Innovative diagnosis and treatment:
    O’Connor physicians and staff use the latest diagnostic and treatment methods to assess and improve function after a stroke. These technologies include fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) (inpatient only) and VitalStim® (outpatient only), used to evaluate and treat swallowing disorders.


A simple way to remember the warning signs of a stroke is the acronym FAST. It stands for:

  • F ace drooping
  • A rm weakness
  • S peech difficulty
  • ime to call 911

If your physician suspects you suffered a stroke and refers you to O’Connor, or you suspect you suffered one, a Stroke Care team member conducts a thorough exam that includes:

  • Your medical history
  • A physical exam
  • A computed tomography (CT) scan to determine whether the stroke resulted from a clot or from bleeding inside the brain
  • Additional tests, depending on the scan results and how soon you arrive in the emergency room
  • Computed Tomographic Angiogram (CTA), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) to obtain blood vessel images to guide treatment


People who have symptoms of a stroke need to call 911 immediately. At O’Connor, our emergency department stroke team are specially trained to quickly deliver lifesaving drugs such as intravenous alteplase (IV tPA), a clot-busting drug administered directly into your vein, to stroke patients. The prompt medical attention of our trained technicians and staff prevents potential complications and disabilities. Stroke treatments that our physicians recommend include medication such as IV tPA and surgery based on the type of stroke and the severity of the symptoms. 

The goals of treatment are to:

  • Prevent life-threatening complications
  • Prevent future strokes
  • Reduce the risk of disability
  • Prevent long-term complications