As a State Certified Level I Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) Stroke Center, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital is distinguished from other stroke centers for meeting the highest standards of care. 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
As a Level 1 Stroke Center, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital recognizes the significant resources in infrastructure, staff, and training that stroke centers must have to provide state-of-the-art stroke care.
SSM Health Saint Louis University 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 and stroke team respond to stroke calls and arrive within 10 minutes. The average response time of the stroke team is under ten minutes, and the door-to needle median time is 35 minutes
Advanced Imaging Capability
Stroke patients at Saint Louis University 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 HealthSaint Louis University Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has dedicated neuro ICU to accommodate the sickest stroke patients. The staff provides stroke and neuro-critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and coordinates post-hospital care for all stroke patients.
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital also participates in patient-centered research with Saint Louis University Medical School. Current research protocols include specialized clot retraction, endovascular aneurysm coiling, intracranial stent application. stroke treatments. For the latest information on our stroke treatment effectiveness please see: link to quality outcomes report (forthcoming)
For acute transfers of any type, including stroke, please call the SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital ONE-CALL line at 1-866-491-0858.