A 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 weakness or paralysis of one side of the body.
A stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention. When it comes to stroke, "time is tissue." People who delay seeking medical care for more than one hour after experiencing stroke symptoms have a much higher likelihood of permenent damage to brain tissue, disability and death. So it's critical that patients get the treatment they need as soon as possible.
MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital is state-designated as a Level One Stroke Center, able to provide the highest level of care for patients with stroke. Tacoma General is also the first hospital in the South Sound to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL - Healthcare, reflecting the highest level of competence for treating serious stroke events.
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital and MultiCare Auburn Medical Center are state-designated Level Two stroke centers, and MultiCare Allenmore Hospital is designated as a Level Three center for stroke care.
MultiCare's overall stroke program in the Puget Sound region was awarded a Five Star ranking from Health Grades.
Patients who come to MultiCare for stroke care have access to:
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 Institute for Research & Innovation — 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 253-403-7277.
Auburn Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital earned the 2018 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Good Samaritan also qualified for “Target: Stroke” Honor Roll Elite Plus status.
Auburn Medical Center, and Good Samaritan Hospital have also been designated Primary Stroke Centers by DNV GL Healthcare, while Allenmore Hospital and Covington Medical Center are certified Acute Stroke Ready.