Spokane Primary Stroke Program
When Every Minute Counts
When a stroke happens, every minute counts. Our team utilizes years of expertise, the latest technology and collective collaboration to deliver the fastest and most up-to date-treatment for stroke patients in the Inland Northwest.
Collaboration among key areas of our hospitals plays a major role in the stroke team’s success. Experts who treat stroke patients—including neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, neuroradiologists, nurses, radiologic technologists, rehabilitation therapists, researchers and educators—work together as a team to provide the most advanced care.
In December 2003, Sacred Heart was first recognized for its superior stroke care program when the Medical Center received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for its Primary Stroke Program.
Get With The Guidelines®
The American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus recognition demonstrates our commitment to provide excellent stroke care. To receive the Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award, Sacred Heart Medical Center achieved a 75 percent or higher compliance rate with the AHA’s stroke quality measure to treat stroke patients with IV Alteplase—the clot busting medication—within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital; and a 50 percent or higher compliance rate to deliver the treatment in less than 45 minutes.
Awards received by Sacred Heart from the AHA include:
2008 - Bronze Award
2009 - Silver, Silver Plus Award
2010 - Gold Plus Award
2011 - Gold Plus Award, Target Stroke Honor Roll
2012 - Gold Plus Award, Target Stroke Honor Roll
2013 - Gold Plus Award, Target Stroke Honor Roll
2014 - Gold Plus Award, Target Stroke Honor Roll
2015 - Gold Plus Award, Target Stroke Honor Roll, Elite Plus
2016 - Gold Plus Award, Target Stroke Honor Roll, Elite Plus
Technology and speed: the winning combination
When it comes to treating stroke patients, time is critical. Using new technologies and reviewing clinical information before the patient arrives in the emergency room—plus our partnership with Life Flight Network air ambulance to get patients to Providence hospitals quickly from rural areas—really makes a difference.
Medical personnel at Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center in Spokane are pioneering team protocols used to diagnose and treat a stroke while a patient is still in the emergency room. Once patients are here, they have the advantage of a full slate of options for treatment, including carotid endarterectomy (surgery on the blocked blood vessel in the brain used to reduce stroke risk), neuroendovascular and catheterization techniques for patients unable to undergo surgery, and interventions such as balloon angioplasty and aneurysm coiling, among others.
Through a partnership with rural hospitals, Providence can provide around-the-clock access to acute stroke experts via a secure Internet connection. Using Telestroke, our skilled stroke neurologists can be "in the room" with physicians, helping to evaluate patients and consult on diagnosis, treatment or transfer.
Scientific research related to stroke and cardiovascular disease is a key component of the Stroke Program. New evidence suggests that a noninvasive technique may be the best way to treat patient who are at risk of a stroke and who are poor candidates for surgery. Patients often fare well when tiny, wire-mesh tubes called stents are implanted to open clogged carotid arteries. In fact, Sacred Heart is one of only a handful of hospitals nationwide to have an individual FDA-approved study for carotid stenting.