Know the signs
When a stroke occurs, two million brain cells are lost every minute. If expert medical treatment begins quickly, brain cells can be saved and the chances of recovery are greatly increased. Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. That's why it's so important to learn the signs and symptoms of stroke, and to learn to act F.A.S.T. to identify symptoms of a stroke:
- Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
- Time - If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Every second counts because brain cells could be dying.
Even if the symptoms stop, it is important to get the person to the Emergency Department and to know when the symptoms occurred.
At Resurrection Health Care, our new Neurointerventional Suite, gives us the capacity to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat a full array of brain disorders - including strokes in progress.
High quality 3-D images assist our doctors in precise diagnosis. The new Innova 3131IQ, located at Resurection Medical Center, provides a minimally invasive alternative to traditional methods to find, treat and prevent strokes, aneurysms, blocked arteries and tumors.
The advanced technology in our new Neurointerventional Suite can actually reverse the effects of a stroke as it is occurring - or at least minimize the devastating effects. Depending on the type of stroke and the time frame in which the patient arrives, the window of rescue is increased from 3 hours up to 8 hours following the onset of stroke symptoms.
Patients also benefit from smaller incisions, less scarring, shorter hospital stays and reduced recovery time.
Resurrection Health Care's Certified Primary Stroke Centers have teams of experts ready to rapidly diagnose, treat, and in some cases, stop a stroke in progress - particularly when patients arrive at the Emergency Department soon after symptoms begin. Specialists in emergency medicine, neurology and radiology work together to make the best treatment decisions for each patient. This may include clot-busting drugs or neurointerventional procedures.
The following hospitals within Resurrection Health Care use stroke care protocols that have been proven as efficient and high quality.
- Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center - Chicago, IL
- Resurrection Medical Center - Chicago, IL
- Saint Francis Hospital - Evanston, IL
- Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago, IL
- Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Chicago, IL (St. Mary's campus)
Primary Stroke Centers have been proven time and time again to achieve outstanding patient outcomes, yet only a fraction of the nation's acute care hospitals are certified. Read how an east coast patient's decision to receive care at a primary stroke center helped save her life. The story illustrates many of the capabilities available at the Primary Stroke Centers at Resurrection Health Care.
Stroke Care Physician Specialists
There is a wide range of physician specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the nervous system. Physicians on staff at Resurrection Health Care can be found in the Find a Doctor section or call 877-RES-INFO.
- Neurologists - Diagnose and treat conditions of the nervous system, including ischemic stroke (due to lack of blood and oxygen to brain) and hemorrhagic stroke (result of blood vessels bursting inside brain).
- Neurosurgeons - Specialists who perform surgery on every part of the nervous system - brain, spinal cord and the nerves leading to and from the brain.
- Neurointerventionists - Specialists who use non-surgical, catheter-based approaches to treat blood vessel diseases or malformations that affect the nervous system.
- Neuroradiologists - Use imaging - X-rays, CT scans, MRIs - to help diagnose diseases and disorders of the nervous system.
Stroke Rehabilitation Services
From acute inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient therapy, from home health programs and skilled rehabilitation and nursing care to preventive screenings, Resurrection Rehabilitation Network provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to speed recovery from stroke.
For more information about acute stroke care services throughout Resurrection Health Care, contact 877-RES-INFO.
Stroke Centers Program Co-Directors
David Bordo, MD and Hilliard Slavick, MD are Co-Directors of the Primary Stroke Centers at Resurrection Health Care.
Working collaboratively, these physicians provide medical oversight of the acute stroke protocols and physician orders. They review collected stroke clinical and performance outcome measures from all of the Resurrection Health Care hospitals. These physicians also work closely with the local medical physician champions to oversee the treatment of patients who have been diagnosed with a stroke to assure expedited, coordinated care.
Dr. Bordo (photo at right) has been serving in the role of local medical physician champion for stroke at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center (OLR) for the past two years. His full time post is the medical administrator of emergency services at OLR, along with clinical work in this institution. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and graduated from medical school from Chicago Medical School and completed his residency training at Resurrection Medical Center. Dr. Bordo recently moved into a new role within the RHC Neuroscience Service Line, serving as the co-program director of the RHC Primary Stroke Centers, having medical oversight for delivered stroke services.
Dr. Slavick (photo at right) is a dual Board Certified physician in Neurology and Pain Management. He has been on staff at Saint Joseph Hospital since 1977 and currently serves in several leadership roles at Saint Joseph, including Medical Stroke Physician Champion and Chair of the Neurology section. Dr. Slavick attended medical school at Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois and completed his residencies at Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.