Stroke Program Outcomes

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Better outcomes, fewer complications for stroke patients

We invite you to view the MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute at Long Beach Medical Center’s outcomes performance related to stroke.

Types of Stroke Treated

The following chart compares the percentage of patients treated for each type of stroke at the MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute at Long Beach Medical Center. Long Beach Medical Center treats the most severe stroke cases and cares for a larger share of patients with bleeding in the brain than most other centers in the community – approximately 750 patients each year.

Stroke Survival

At the MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute at Long Beach Medical Center, the quality of care leads to better than expected survival for all patients with stroke. Long Beach Medical Center received more than 100 transfers from other hospitals for advanced level of care. In the last year, Long Beach Medical Center has treated an average of 55 patients per year who have experienced a cerebral aneurysm. The chart below shows the Stroke Risk Adjusted Mortality Rates for 2015. Both ischemic strokes and subarachnoid hemorrhages are below the national average. Intracerebral hemorrhages are slightly above the national average.

Advanced Stroke Treatments

Regardless of the type of stroke, our team is ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our highly-trained experts provide immediate response when someone having a stroke arrives. Our stroke center specialists are experts in the fields of stroke research, diagnosis and care.

Treating Ischemic Stroke

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is a powerful drug effective in dissolving blood clots that cause ischemic strokes. The drug is usually given through a vein in the arm. To be effective, the drug must be given within three hours, and in selected individuals, within 4.5 hours after a stroke. In 2015, Long Beach Memorial reported a tPA administration rate of 12%, whereas the national average was 3-8%.

Carotid Endarterectomy

A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure performed to reduce the risk of stroke by removing plaque buildup from the carotid artery. In 2015, surgeons at Long Beach Memorial performed 64 carotid endarterectomies in patients with and without a prior stroke. Of these, only one symptomatic patient had a new stroke after the procedure.

Processes of Care

Regardless of the type of stroke, patients receive the right care. We closely monitor compliance with processes of care as endorsed by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association. The chart below shows that we continue to provide consistent care across all stroke care measures.

Satisfying Patient Expectations

To ensure we provide the best experience possible for our patients, we continually measure patient satisfaction. We ask patients to evaluate their care in our hospital using a national patient satisfaction survey. The results identify areas where we can improve. The charts below show the percent of patients reached and the percent of patients who rated the stroke program an A or A-.

Committed to Quality

The MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute at Long Beach Medical Center has met the stringent standards for quality and performance required to earn the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award. The program helps ensure that patients who suffer a stroke receive care that adheres to the latest evidence-based standards.

Long Beach Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

Resources

American Stroke Association - About Stroke 

National Stroke Association - Learn More About Stroke