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Stroke Specialty Service

Scope of Service

The St. Joseph Hospital Stroke Program provides evidence-based primary stroke care including evaluation, treatment, and education to patients who present to St. Joseph Hospital with signs and symptoms of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Our Stroke Leadership Team, including the Medical Director (Neurologist), Stroke Coordinators and Stroke Care Committee are actively involved in the stroke program ensuring that all patients receive high-quality, innovative stroke care. For critical stroke patients who require a higher level of care than St. Joseph Hospital has the ability to provide, partnerships have been put into place to provide transfer to a tertiary facility, such as Lahey Clinic, with resources to provide comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical support and a full range of diagnostic and endovascular therapeutic procedures. These partnerships allow us to share imaging results, such as CT scans, for consultations and collaboration between healthcare provider improving consistency in stroke care. our program also includes the use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylasix, cholesterol reducting drugs and smoking cessation.

Medical Management:

  • 24/7 On-Call Neurologist 

Khawaja Rahman, MD, Stroke Medical Director

Gregory Zuercher, DO

  • Vascular Surgeons

Stratton G. Danes, MD, FACS
Patricia Furey, MD, FACS
Patrick Mahon, MD, FACS

Diagnostic Imaging:

  • CT/CTA
  • MRI
  • CV Ultrasound
  • Echocardiogram, Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Vascular Lab 

Ancillary Services:

Patient/Family Support:

  • Spiritual Support/Chaplaincy
  • Counseling and Psychological Intervention
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Stroke Support Group
  • Care Coordination 

Hospital Services:

Stroke Team Activation 
The purpose of the Stroke Team Activation is to provide 24/7 immediate diagnosis and treatment, of stroke patients presenting to the Emergency Department. We also have an Inpatient Stroke Team Activation to provide the same quality care to any patient already admitted to St. Joseph Hospital. This activation initiates the rapid response of healthcare practitioners and personnel trained in caring for stroke/TIA patients working in collaboration with our board-certified neurologists and emergency medicine physicians who treat approximately 200 to 300 stroke patients each year.