Providence St. Vincent stroke care recognized among the best in the country

August 03, 2015
Vivek Deshmukh, M.D., FACS

They know every second counts. And when it comes to stroke, the neurointerventional team at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center offers some of the best care in the nation. For the past two months, the stroke team led by Vivek Deshmukh, M.D., neurosurgeon and neurointerventionalist, achieved the fastest average blood clot removal time in the country. During the months of June and July, it took the team an average of 24 minutes to insert a catheter into a patient’s groin and remove a blood clot in the brain – restoring blood flow.

This is according to data being tracked through Medtronic’s STRATIS Registry that involves more than 30 medical centers. The prospective registry is focused on tracking clinical outcomes for acute ischemic stroke patients. The patients are treated with Medtronic technology used by neurointerventionalists to retrieve a stroke-related blood clot in the brain.

“We have worked hard and are incredibly proud of this accomplishment,” said Dr. Deshmukh, co- medical director of Providence Brain and Spine Institute, and medical director of neurosurgery and neurointerventional services. “The faster we remove a blood clot in the brain, the more likely our patient will go on to live a normal life.”

“The speed at which Dr. Deshmukh and his team complete this highly complex critical procedure is a testament to their expertise and the high level of efficiency of the Stroke Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center,” said Mike Schmitt, executive director Providence Brain and Spine Institute. “We recruited Dr. Deshmukh to Portland to join our team of neuroscience specialists with the goal of making Providence Brain and Spine Institute the premier destination for treatment of stroke and other neurological disorders.”

Providence treats more stroke patients than any other health care organization in Oregon and is one of only three Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke centers in the Northwest.