Stroke

Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death. Those who survive a stroke are subject to more serious long-term disabilities than with any other disease. In all, stroke affects about 700,000 Americans each year.

It can happen at any age, though nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles with each decade after age 55.

If you suspect you or someone you know is having a stroke, go to the nearest St.Vincent Emergency Room right away.


Certified Primary Stroke Center

Joint Commission Gold Seal

St.Vincent Indianapolis was the first hospital accredited as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and is still recognized as such by the Joint Commission. The Certificate recognizes centers that follow the best practices for stroke care. Programs applying for advanced certification must meet the requirements for Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations.

We offer our patients an unparalleled stroke program that includes:

  • Emergency interventions
  • Jeffrey Hilburn

    Jeffrey Hilburn, MD, neurologist,
    Indiana Neuroscience Associates

  • Surgical and non-surgical treatments
  • Extensive rehabilitation services
  • Skilled Rapid Response Team, including trained emergency department personnel
  • Aggressive treatment using the most advanced clot-dissolving drugs and clot-removing procedures
  • Neurology and neurosurgery coverage 24/7
  • Neuroscience nurses specializing in the care of stroke patients
  • Acute stroke unit with an integrated rehabilitation department

Learn More About Strokes


St.Vincent Anderson Regional provides expert emergency care, 24/7, for patients with stroke–and ongoing care at Bennett Rehabilitation Center: Madison County’s only inpatient intensive rehabilitation facility.

St.Joseph Kokomo is the only hospital in Howard County and the surrounding counties accredited by The Joint Commission as a Certified Stroke Center of Excellence, offering everything from prompt, expert emergency care to complete rehabilitation services.