Specialists and Care Centers

Specialists and Care Centers

Northwestern Medicine offers the most advanced levels of certification for stroke programs. Our goal is to treat patients as quickly as possible to improve the likelihood they will have a positive outcome after their stroke. We offer eight hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission as providing advanced levels of stroke care, including two Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

Comprehensive Stroke Centers meet standards to treat the most complex stroke cases. This includes access to 24/7 surgical intervention needed for certain types of stroke. Certification requirements met include:

  • Program medical director available 24/7
  • Acute stroke team available 24/7
  • Dedicated neurointensive care beds for complex stroke patients available 24/7; on-site neurointensivist coverage 24/7
  • 24/7 access to advanced diagnostics and testing
  • 24/7 access to advanced stroke team including: neurointerventionist, neuroradiologist, neurologist, neurosurgeon

We also offer an expansive telestroke network to provide vascular neurology consults within seven minutes. Telestroke provides patients throughout Illinois and Indiana with access to stroke specialists—including board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons experienced in the diagnosis and management of stroke—without having to leave the ED, at a time when every second counts.

Stroke Rehabilitation
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, offers a dedicated stroke rehab program to help stroke patients recover from a stroke and return to their normal life as fast as possible. Several types of rehabilitation are available. Your PT and OT will work closely with your physicians to determine what type would benefit you the most.