Primary Stroke Center
Top Rated Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center
Centinela Hospital Medical Center is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. This means that Centinela Hospital Medical Center’s Stroke Program
has met the national standards for safety and quality of care –
confirming that it has the personnel, procedures, and facilities to deliver
high-quality stroke care in timely manner.
Residents in the community and nearby communities can live in the comfort
of knowing that a hospital with specialized services for stroke treatment
With Stroke, Every Second Counts
Rapid diagnosis and treatment of a stroke is critical and can minimize
life-long complications. Centinela Hospital Medical Center’s team
of stroke specialists, EMTs, emergency department staff, and inpatient
clinical staff understand this urgency and are at the patient’s
bedside within minutes. Care for patients is coordinated at the moment
of first contact through rehabilitation. Part of our commitment to delivering
high-quality stroke care is to have a neurologist available 24 hours a
day, every day of the year.
Centinela Hospital Medical Center’s Stroke Center provides comprehensive
diagnostic and therapeutic care for patients with stroke and related disorders.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is a "brain attack" and occurs when a blood vessel that carries
blood (and oxygen) and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot
(ischemic stroke) or ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). Because the blood
and nutrients cannot get to the brain, brain cells die.
Per the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke
is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States. On average, someone
in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke
every 4 minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke
What are the warning signs of a stroke?
FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the warning signs of a stroke.
Recognizing these symptoms and quickly calling 911 will determine how
fast someone will get help and treatment. Getting to the hospital as quickly
as possible may lead to a better recovery time.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Is there arm weakness? Does one
arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred
Time: If you see any of the signs, call 911 immediately.
What are the causes and risk factors of stroke?
Stroke can happen to anyone at any age, but there are certain risk factors
that can increase your chance of getting a stroke. Some of these risk
- family history of stroke or a personal history of stroke or heart attack
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- circulation problems
- atrial fibrillation
- lack of physical activity
To learn more about these and other risk factors,click here
Our Commitment to Quality
Centinela Hospital Medical Center’s Stroke Program is designed to
be responsive to the patient’s needs as well as deliver the highest
standard of quality care. Patients can rest assured knowing that the care
provided is managed to meet their unique and specialized needs.
Centinela Hospital Medical Center complies with the guidelines instituted
by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association / American
Stroke Association. This ensures stroke patients receive treatment that
meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.
By complying with these processes, Centinela Hospital Medical Center can
significantly improve outcomes for its stroke patients, resulting in a
reduction of risks of other adverse events that require emergency care
Approved Stroke Center
In 2017, Centinela Hospital Medical Center became an Approved Primary Stroke
Center resulting in Emergency Medical Services transport suspected stroke
patients directly to Approved Primary Stroke Centers instead of to the
nearest hospital. Centinela Hospital Medical Center is recognized as one
of the highest quality stroke intervention facilities in Los Angeles.