Primary Stroke Center
Top Rated Advanced Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center
Encino Hospital Medical Center is certified by The Joint Commission as
a Primary Stroke Center and recognized by the American Heart Association
/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG)
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award; GWTG Target: Stroke Honor Roll. This means that Encino Hospital’s Stroke Program has met the national
standards for safety and quality of care – confirming that it has
the personnel, procedures, and facilities to deliver high-quality stroke
care in timely manner.
Residents in the community and nearby communities can live in the comfort
of knowing that a hospital with specialized services for stroke treatment
With Stroke, Every Second Counts
Rapid diagnosis and treatment of a stroke is critical and can minimize
life-long complications. Encino Hospital’s team of stroke specialists,
EMTs, emergency department staff, and inpatient clinical staff understand
this urgency and are at the patient’s bedside within minutes. Care
for patients is coordinated at the moment of first contact through rehabilitation.
Part of our commitment to delivering high-quality stroke care is to have
a neurologist available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Encino Hospital’s Stroke Center provides comprehensive diagnostic
and therapeutic care for patients with stroke and related disorders.
Yes, care for stroke begins in the Emergency Department after an individual
recognizes the symptoms and calls 911. However, rehabilitation is an important
piece to the puzzle. Encino Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit
is designed to help patients who suffered a stroke or another type of
brain injury regain their highest level of function so they can return
home and re-enter the community.
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What is a stroke?
A stroke is a “brain attack” and occurs when a blood vessel
that carries blood (and oxygen) and nutrients to the brain is either blocked
by a clot (ischemic stroke) or ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). Because
the blood and nutrients cannot get to the brain, brain cells die.
Per the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke
is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States. On average, someone
in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke
every 4 minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke
What are the warning signs of a stroke?
FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the warning signs of a stroke.
Recognizing these symptoms and quickly calling 911 will determine how
fast someone will get help and treatment. Getting to the hospital as quickly
as possible may lead to a better recovery time.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Is there arm weakness? Does one
arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred
Time: If you see any of the signs, call 911 immediately.
What are the causes and risk factors of stroke?
Stroke can happen to anyone at any age, but there are certain risk factors
that can increase your chance of getting a stroke. Some of these risk
- family history of stroke or a personal history of stroke or heart attack
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- circulation problems
- atrial fibrillation
- lack of physical activity
To learn more about these and other risk factors,
Our Commitment to Quality
Encino Hospital’s Stroke Program is designed to be responsive to
the patient’s needs as well as deliver the highest standard of quality
care. Patients can rest assured knowing that the care provided is managed
to meet their unique and specialized needs.
Encino Hospital complies with the guidelines instituted by The Joint Commission
and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association. This
ensures stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted,
evidence-based standards and recommendations. By complying with these
processes, Encino Hospital can significantly improve outcomes for its
stroke patients, resulting in a reduction of risks of other adverse events
that require emergency care or hospitalization.
Approved Stroke Center
In 2016, Encino Hospital Medical Center became an Approved Primary Stroke
Center resulting in Emergency Medical Services transport suspected stroke
patients directly to Approved Primary Stroke Centers instead of to the
nearest hospital. Encino Hospital Medical Center is recognized as one
of the highest quality stroke intervention facilities in the San Fernando Valley.
Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG)-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement
Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll
For the second year in a row, Encino Hospital Medical Center has been recognized
for its high-quality stroke care. Care is measured against national standards
set by GWTG program. To be recognized as Gold Plus, Encino Hospital Medical
Center performed well in reducing stroke-related death and disability,
and for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, we met the requirements to reduce
the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment
with the life-saving clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA,
the only U.S. FDA approved drug to treat ischemic stroke.