StrokeA stroke, or brain attack, occurs when not enough oxygen-rich blood is reaching part of the brain. Without this nourishment, blood cells die. The usual result of a stroke is hemiparesis paralysis of one side of the body.
Stroke can be treated, but like a heart attack, brain attack or stroke requires immediate medical attention. Medical providers caution that “time is tissue.” People who delay seeking medical care for more than one hour after experiencing stroke symptoms have a much higher likelihood of disability and death. That's why we work closely with the local emergency medical system and the department of health to get patients the treatment they need as soon as possible.
MultiCare's award-winning stroke program:MultiCare's stroke program was awarded a Five Star ranking from Health Grades.
Rapid response teams — At Tacoma General Hospital, specially trained teams are ready and waiting 24 hours a day to provide prompt, effective evaluation and treatment for stroke.
State-of-the-art Diagnostic Tools — These tools enable specialists to visualize the brain and blood supply in seconds and begin life-saving treatment as quickly as possible. Neurological assessments, such as profusion diffusion imaging, allow MultiCare's stroke teams to visualize the blood supply to the brain within seconds.
The latest treatment options — From non-invasive treatments like access to new therapies such as clot-dissolving medications, to neurosurgical intervention for other patients with strokes caused by cerebral hemorrhaging.
Expert collaboration — Close cooperation between the staffs of Tacoma General and Allenmore Hospitals, the MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington and the Emergency Medical System ensures the highest caliber of care to stroke patients.
Good Samaritan Regional Rehabilitation Center Services — Through MultiCare, patients recovering from stroke have access to everything from nutrition counseling and social services to speech, physical, and occupational therapy. Part of our comprehensive rehab program is the inpatient rehabilitation program at Good Samaritan Hospital. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
- To learn more about the stroke rehabilitation program at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, call 253-697-5192.
Pioneering Physicians — Dr. Brian Kott is the South Sound's first endovascular interventional neuroradiologist. He performs life-saving procedures inside the vessels of the brain to treat strokes and aneurysms without invasive surgery. Dr. Kott is helping people get lifesaving care without an ambulance trip to Seattle — a trip that is both time-consuming and risky.
The MultiCare Research Institute - where researchers are working hard to improve the lives of stroke patients.
To learn more about MultiCare's nationally recognized stroke program, call the MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington at 253-403-4918.
A Stroke Patient's Story
Ken Smith, a former stroke patient, along with Dr. Alison Nohara, recount the details of his ordeal and the effective methods used to treat his stroke shortly after it took place in the fall of 2011.