The multidisciplinary team of specialists at Miami Valley Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center provides care from the emergency department through treatment and rehabilitation for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.
Comprehensive Stroke Center
Miami Valley Hospital has earned certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Miami Valley Hospital has met The Joint Commission’s high standards for complex stroke care. Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care. Miami Valley Hospital is the first Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the greater Dayton region.
As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Miami Valley Hospital must maintain multiple teams of physicians ready to care for patients at every stage of the stroke process. Miami Valley Hospital meets these rigorous requirements:
The stroke program also relies heavily on the work of EMS personnel and emergency room physicians to serve as the first points of contact.
Stroke Symptoms & Warning Signs
Miami Valley Hospital and the American Stroke Association remind you that stroke is a medical emergency. Know these stroke symptoms and warning signs and teach them to others. Every second counts:
An easy way to remember what to look for is to think and act FAST.
- F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S – Speech: Ask the person to say something. Is the speech slurred or garbled?
- T – Time: If you notice any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Time is critical!
Do not drive yourself or someone else who is having stroke-like symptoms. If you experience one or more of these signs, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1. Learn more about Stroke Warning Signs.
Faster Diagnosis with Telestroke Network
During a stroke, time is brain. At Premier Health our specialized team of stroke specialists is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to immediately diagnose stroke using our Telestroke Network. Linking MVH and seven other regional emergency departments, the network treats patients who are exhibiting signs of a stroke. Without losing critical time, a stroke patient arriving at these emergency departments can be examined via a computer linked to a Premier Health on-call stroke specialist any time of the day or night. The specialist can “see” the patient, ask questions and view CT scans - all in real-time - to help assess the patient’s condition and help the ED physician determine if the patient is a candidate for acute stroke therapy.
Patients who need the highest level of stroke care, such as endovascular stroke rescue, are transferred via CareFlight Air and Mobile Services to Miami Valley Hospital. Telestroke technology dramatically reduces the critical window for stroke assessment and action. Neurologists must assess, diagnose and treat a stroke patient within three to four-and-a half hours of the beginning signs of a stroke for clot dissolving medication to be effective. Getting treatment within this timeframe is also important to minimize damage to the brain.
Determining the type of stroke is the first step in providing specialized treatment. Miami Valley Hospital stroke physicians identify whether the stroke is caused by a blood clot or by bleeding in the brain. Before starting treatment, our physicians may use the following to thoroughly evaluate your condition:
Further tests may be done to determine the location of the clot or bleeding and to assess the amount of brain damage.
Treatments for Stroke
Treatment for stoke varies based on the type of stroke (ischemic or hemorrhagic) that occurs. Learn more about the various treatments for stroke.
Rehabilitation to Restore Function
If the stroke or brain bleeding caused damage to the brain, Miami Valley Hospital’s Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio can help patients get back to their normal lives. Our therapists can help to restore speech, gain strength and relearn skills of daily living. Premier Health’s home health agency, Fidelity Health Care, also has special experience in helping stroke patients recover at home.
Learn more about Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio.
Learn more about Fidelity Health Care.
Clinical Trials for Stroke
Miami Valley Hospital’s stroke team participates in clinical trials that offer new treatments and technologies for stroke patients before they’re available elsewhere. Learn more about Clinical Trials for Stroke.
Your Stroke Team
At Miami Valley Hospital, our stroke team offers you advanced evaluation and treatment when minutes matter. Our emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointerventional specialists, neurocritical care specialists, neuroradiologists, hospitalists, rehabilitation specialists and specially trained nurses work together to care for the individual needs of stroke patients.
Stroke Care Outcomes
Our neuroscience team has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. The Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center certification recognizes the select few hospitals that meet standards to treat the most complex stroke patients.
View outcomes for some of the stroke-related procedures performed at Miami Valley Hospital, with quality information on the complication rates and outcomes of the patients who undergo such procedures.
Learn About Stroke Treatments
Premier Health Library
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about stroke treatments and neurosciences. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for a surgery, and much more.
Content Updated: November 18, 2015