Stroke Program in Fremont
The Stroke Program at Washington Hospital offers the most current approach
to treating stroke patients, using the latest technology with a coordinated
Stroke Team. The program not only offers patients high-quality, effective
treatment for an acute stroke, but also provides patients, their families,
and the community at large the tools necessary to become better informed
about how to stay as healthy as possible.
Washington Hospital’s Stroke Program has been a recipient of the
Health Grades 5-Star Award for ranking among the top 5% in the nation
for treatment of stroke three years in a row.
Washington Hospital’s Stroke Program has been awarded the Gold Performance
Achievement Award as part of the American Stroke Association’s (ASA)
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) program, a national evidence-based
initiative to improve stroke patients’ outcomes. The ASA program
recognizes hospitals across the country whose stroke treatment programs
have shown consistent compliance with measures proven to improve outcomes.
Based on the high quality of care and management of strokes we provide,
Washington Hospital has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The
Joint Commission and designated the receiving center for strokes in Southern
Alameda County. What does this certification mean to patients in the Tri-City
area? It means that their care has been thought out from the moment emergency
medical services respond to after they leave the hospital and begin the
To become a Primary Stroke Center, Washington Hospital had to meet strict
requirements set down by the Joint Commission, which included:
- Building specialized stroke care units staffed by specially trained stroke nurses
- Employing special order sets and making sure standard protocols were in place
- Training for every employee involved in stroke care, from radiology to lab work
- Developing a program for a comprehensive Community Education Series focusing
on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and life after stroke
- Launching a stroke support group following patients recovery from stroke
- Providing special neuroscience education to hospital staff, local emergency
medical services personnel and students focusing on stroke
The Stroke Program at Washington Hospital has also earned the prestigious
Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers.
The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based
on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain
Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's guidelines
for stroke care.
Under the leadership of medical director Jack Rose, MD, our program focuses
on every facet of stroke management, from emergency room to discharge;
the multidisciplinary team of experts will assist all your needs from
disease management, risk reduction, physical, occupational and speech
therapy, to gaining a good understanding of your stroke and what it will
take for an optimal recovery and secondary prevention.
Conditions We Treat
The Stroke Program offers patients acute management for different types
of stroke, including:
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Carotid disease
- Ischemic stroke
- Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)
- Arterial venous malformation (AVM)
Fast Action, Better Outcomes
The Stroke Program's team of specialists, including physicians and
nursing professionals specializing in stroke management, works closely
with emergency medical responders to ensure patients are diagnosed and
arrive at the hospital as quickly as possible. Fast, expert action within
the first hours is critically important. This results in improved outcomes
for patients through the use of advanced treatment methods.
Techniques and Technology
The Stroke Program employs a variety of leading-edge treatment options
aided by the latest in imaging technology.
- Intravenous rt-PA
- Carotid stenting
- Carotid endarterectomy
Educating the Public
A stroke, also known as a "brain attack," can be a devastating
event. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke ranks as the
third leading cause of death in the United States and is the leading cause
of adult disability. Stroke Association statistics also reveal that, within
the first two months after a stroke, one in every five patients is institutionalized.
Our program is working to change this.
Stroke Education Series
To better enable members of the community to protect themselves against
the risks of stroke, the Stroke Program holds a quarterly Stroke Education
Series to inform the public about prevention, stroke warning signs and
the vital importance of seeking care as quickly as possible. Click
here for a flier about the series.
2018 July - December Dates:
Tuesday, October 9…………………….6 to 8 p.m.
Conrad E. Anderson, MD, Auditorium, room A
Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont
Life After Stroke
Tuesday, October 16…………………….6 to 8 p.m.
Conrad E. Anderson, MD, Auditorium, Room A
Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont
Call: (800) 963-7070 for more information or to register.
Stroke Support Group
For stroke survivors and their caregivers to provide social and emotional
support and presentations on stroke related topics.
When: Fourth Tuesday of each month
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Neuroscience Conference Room (Washington West, 2nd floor), 2500 Mowry
Call: (510) 818-5080
Know the Signs of Stroke
One of the most important actions members of the public can take is to
know the early warning signs of stroke, which include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one
side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you think you might be having a stroke, remember: Don't drive, don't
try to diagnose yourself, call 9-1-1 immediately if you or a family member
is experiencing any symptoms.
Other Services at Washington
As part of the Washington Hospital Healthcare System, the Stroke Program
offers patients streamlined access to related programs and services that
provide high-quality care, education and support, including:
Outpatient Imaging Center
More Information for Patients and Families
Informed patients are able to make better decisions about their own health
care. The following links give you access to more information about stroke
American Stroke Association
National Stroke Association