Stroke Treatment

St. Joseph Medical Center and Highline Medical Center are primary stroke centers

Stroke SealWith a stroke, time lost is brain lost. When every second counts, there’s peace of mind in knowing that CHI Franciscan Health offers the most advanced treatments for stroke close to home. Serving the Puget Sound, St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and Burien’s Highline Medical Center have earned the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Our team of highly skilled medical professionals is specially trained to stop - or even reverse - the effects of stroke and to help patients recover and get back to the lives they love.

We encourage you to reduce your risk for stroke. We have several tools to help you:

  1. Talk to your primary care provider about your family history and personal stroke risk.
  2. Know the signs of stroke, think F.A.S.T. This stands for facial drooping, an arm that drifts or won’t lift, slurring or difficulty speaking, and time to call 9-1-1. Don’t wait!
  3. Join one of our classes including maintenance of diabetes, tobacco cessation and weight management.

World class stroke care close to home

Our medical staff is made up of experienced physicians and specialists who offer the latest treatments for stroke intervention, reversal and recovery. When precious moments count we act fast in treating stroke to minimize or reverse its effects. We are committed to providing compassionate and expert care for each of our stroke patients on their journey to recovery.

A regional innovator in state-of-the-art stroke care

CHI Franciscan Health continually brings new treatments for stroke to the people living in the Puget Sound region. That culture of innovation continues with Highline Medical Center in Burien and St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma each being designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a national, independent accrediting organization who gives recognition to hospitals who meet the most stringent standards for stroke care.

St. Joseph Medical Center and Highline Medical Center both received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as Primary Stroke Centers. This designation recognizes those that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Our fundamental goal is to meet the unique and specialized needs of those who have suffered a stroke.

Our services cover the entire spectrum of care throughout the Puget Sound. These services include acute intervention, prevention of complications, secondary prevention and neuro-rehabilitation. Our specially trained staff is supported by the latest technologies to take care of:

  • ischemic stroke
  • transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • intracerebral hemorrhage
  • subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • unruptured aneurysm
  • arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • carotid stenosis

We make the difference when moments count
The most important thing you can do for your loved one (or yourself, if able) is to call 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke. Your local community’s emergency response team will get you to the closest hospital to start your care. All Franciscan Emergency departments have response teams who get care begun immediately and can give clot dissolving medications to the appropriate patients as needed.

If further care is needed, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, our teams of specialists use the most advanced technology, including interventional radiology, to treat stroke and aneurysms. Our physician specialists use the most advanced technology, including interventional radiology, to treat stroke and aneurysms including endovascular procedures (minimally invasive, catheter-based technology, accessing the blood vessels from the groin or other locations).

Our goal is to stop or even reverse the effects of stroke and to provide our patients with the individualized care they need when moments count. Following stroke intervention treatment, St. Joseph Medical Center’s Neuro Intensive Care Unit (ICU) offers fully-monitored individualized care by a staff that specializes in stroke recovery. This unique unit is located within St. Joseph’s renowned Critical Care Unit and is designed specifically for patients with stroke and other brain, spinal cord and nervous system disorders. As patients recover, they may be transferred to the acute rehabilitation units at St. Joseph Medical Center.