Miami Valley Hospital Logo(937) 208-8000


stroke in content image

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 reminds 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 BE FAST.

  • B – Balance: Notice if the person is having trouble with balance or coordination.
  • E – Eyes: Ask the person if they are experiencing sudden blurred or double vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes.
  • 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 911 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 911. 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 available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to immediately assess and treat stroke using our TeleStroke Network. 

Without losing critical time, a stroke patient arriving at area and regional 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.

When the assessment is complete, treatment begins immediately. 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. As the first hospital in the Greater Dayton area to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Miami Valley Hospital is recognized as an industry leader in complex stroke care. TeleStroke technology dramatically reduces the critical window for stroke assessment and action.  Neurologists have only a short time after stroke signs begin to assess and treat a stroke patient in order for clot-dissolving medication to be effective. Neurologists must assess 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 quickly is also important to minimize damage to the brain.

With Premier Health's coordinated stroke care, treatment at all stroke network locations — follows the consistent, rigorous standards required of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Miami Valley Hospital.

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.

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

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.

Ekso Bionics® (EKSO) for Stroke Care

Miami Valley Hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation Program was the first hospital in the Dayton area to offer a technology called Ekso Bionics® (EKSO). The robotic exoskeleton is a wearable, battery operated bionic exoskeleton that uses external motors to power the hip and knee joints, to assist patients in performing a full, weight bearing, reciprocal gait pattern providing gait training for neuro-rehabilitation patients.  The exoskeleton works by assisting with 0-100% of the work to advance the patient's lower extremities. This assists in gait training by allowing patients to re-learn proper stepping patterns and weight shifts to improve function.  The Ekso therapy can be used on patients with spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, and generalized lower extremity weakness.

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: April 12, 2019

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Neurosciences Services.
Neurosciences at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Looking for a specific department or phone number?
Visit the Miami Valley Hospital Directory.

Didn't find what you were looking for?

Search all Premier Health services, procedures and treatments.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram