Providence Stroke Center meets the highest standards in care

August 14, 2015

Stroke patients treated at Providence Stroke Center receive some of the best care in the nation. 

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Providence Portland Medical Center have both received the Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for 2015. Both hospitals have received Gold Plus awards annually since 2010. In addition, both hospitals have received Target Stroke Honor Roll recognition, Providence Portland Medical Center in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; and Providence St. Vincent in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The Providence stroke team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists, radiologists, nurses who can quickly diagnose patients and use the most technically advanced methods to remove clots, repair broken arteries that cause strokes, and restore blood flow to the brain. 

Hospitals participating in these programs must develop a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke when patients are admitted to the emergency department. When treating a stroke, every minute counts. 

As a GWTG participant, Providence medical experts must also use the “teachable moment” – the window of time immediately after a person has had a stroke, when they are most likely to follow their doctor’s guidance. Studies show patients who are taught to manage their risk factors while in the hospital reduce their risk of a second stroke. Providence medical centers provide information on secondary stroke prevention by managing smoking, weight, diabetes and cholesterol. 


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Providence Portland Medical Center hospital for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years and achieving Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy ≤ 60 minutes in 75% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

The Joint Commission and the American Stroke Association measure eight standards of in-patient stroke care. These performance measures are used by Stroke Centers to evaluate the stroke care at their facility, and are used to obtain Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission.

Providence Stroke Center

Providence Health & Services is seen as a regional and national leader in stroke management and treatment. Providence Stroke Center is the first nationally certified stroke center in Oregon and is actively engaged in clinical research. These results are already being used to improve stroke care in Oregon. 

Providence Stroke Center, based at Providence St. Vincent and Providence Portland medical centers, treats more than 1,000 patients a year. Both facilities have dedicated neuro bi-plane suites, which are the most advanced in the region. This minimally invasive technology provides physicians unparalleled three-dimensional-imaging of a patient’s brain's blood vessels to help remove blood clots or repair damage caused by strokes. In addition, Providence has a dedicated neurocritical care unit.