The Comprehensive Stroke Difference 

As a Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center, SSM Health DePaul Hospital is distinguished from other stroke centers for meeting the highest standards of care established by the Joint Commission to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. These standards include:

  • 24/7 availability of physician specialists in neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular procedures
  • 24/7 availability to perform stroke interventions
  • Availability of advanced imaging techniques
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/neuroscience ICU facilities and capabilities
  • Active participation in patient-centered research
  • Coordination of patients’ post-hospital care

The Joint Commission created this highest level of certification to recognize the significant resources in infrastructure, staff, and training that comprehensive stroke centers must have to provide state-of-the-art stroke care.

24/7 Availability

SSM Health DePaul Hospital's stroke intervention team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means we have the staff and resources available to save more lives by performing neuro interventions within the critical time-frame of stroke onset.

Our stroke neurologists respond to stroke calls within 10 minutes by phone and arrive on campus within 30 minutes. The average response time of the stroke team is under ten minutes, and the door-to-groin access for intervention occurs in less than 90 minutes – well under the national average of 120 minutes.

Advanced Imaging Capability

Stroke patients at DePaul Hospital benefit from the latest in imaging technology, including a 128-slice CT scanner and 3.0T MRI. This state-of-the-art imaging equipment produces the most detailed imagery, making it possible for physicians to quickly identify even the smallest blockage.

Neuroscience ICU Facilities

SSM Health DePaul Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has dedicated neuro beds to accommodate the sickest stroke patients. The staff provides neuro-critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and coordinates post-hospital care for all stroke patients. The case management care coordination team has been recognized by the Joint Commission as a best practice.

Patient-Centered Research

SSM Health DePaul Hospital also participates in patient-centered research and staffs a full-time nurse researcher to facilitate studies that will have significant impact on the future of stroke care. Current research protocols include specialized clot retraction, endovascular aneurysm coiling, intracranial stent application, and instance and treatment of depression in stroke patients. These studies will provide valuable information to the Joint Commission and FDA to improve our understanding of the effectiveness of stroke treatments. For the latest information on our stroke treatment effectiveness, review our discharge outcomes report.