Our Treatment Philosophy

Until recently, physicians could treat only the devastating aftermath of stroke.

Advances in medical technology have made it possible to limit, and in some cases even prevent, the consequences of stroke if proper treatment is received quickly.

An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked, depriving it of oxygen. Deprivation lasting more than a few moments can cause brain damage and result in permanent disability or death.

In the event of a stroke, time saved is brain saved. That’s why at the St. John Heyman Comprehensive Stroke Center we work to:

  • Reduce time delays for medical care in the Emergency Department by treating potential stroke patients as critical. That means no sitting in the waiting room while precious seconds tick by and permanent, long-term damage occurs.
  • Reduce medical complications
  • Reduce time in the hospital

Mission Statement

The St. John Stroke Center is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program dedicated to providing the best medical care in an attempt to improve overall outcomes in patients with stroke.


  1. The goals of inpatient admission for the stroke patient are to treat the acute stroke patient, including those eligible for IV thrombolytic and/or endovascular intervention, medically stabilize the patient, provide an in-depth work up to identify the cause of the stroke for secondary prevention, and to evaluate the patient with multidisciplinary rehabilitation services to help determine a disposition plan that will give optimal outcomes.
  2. The goal of the Outpatient Stroke Clinic is to provide follow-up for the patients evaluated and treated by the stroke service while inpatient for continuation of medical treatment and secondary prevention. The outpatient clinic is available for new referrals and for timely follow up of patients evaluated in the hospital for cerebral vascular disease.
  3. The goals of the St. John Stroke Center education program are to provide continuing education opportunities related to stroke to St. John Medical Center, involve patient/family in the prevention of secondary stroke and inform the community of stroke disease, prevention and treatment options.

Stroke Therapies

Stroke therapies include medical treatments, advanced endovascular and neurosurgical techniques, as well as interventional neuroradiology procedures. We also provide education and outreach programs to surrounding hospitals, because knowledge about how to treat stroke saves lives. To learn more about our treatment outcomes, click here.

A Team Approach

Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Vascular Neurologist
  • NeuroCritical Care Team
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neuro-Radiologists
  • Interventional Radiologists
  • Primary care and internal medicine physicians
  • Advanced Practice providers
  • Stroke nurses
  • Interventional Nurses and Technologists
  • Cardiologists
  • EMS responders
  • Nutritionists
  • Emergency department physicians and nurses
  • Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Social services


The St. John Heyman Stroke Center is home to state-of-the-art technology, including CT and MRI scans, as well as CT perfusion with RAPID software to evaluate brain tissue, blood vessels and brain perfusion. These imaging technologies allow quick decision making to be able to use fast acting medication to break up clots and endovascular procedures to remove clots. We are excited to be at the forefront of saving lives from stroke damage. Only a few years ago, much of this technology simply wasn’t available. Using strict treatment guidelines, St. John Heyman Stroke Center ensures each aspect of treatment is delivered at the appropriate time and with utmost attention to detail.