Stroke Care in Southern California
Our Stroke Team is On-Call & Ready to Act Fast
Stroke Program: 626-898-8861
The Methodist Hospital Stroke Care Center offers a variety of treatments
and has achieved excellent outcomes when caring for stroke patients. Methodist
Hospital holds a
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from an independent rating agency DNV GL. Methodist Hospital is currently
designated by Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services as one of
17 comprehensive stroke centers serving the region.
Our multidisciplinary Stroke Team comprised of neurologists, neurosurgeons,
interventional radiologists, critical care intensivists, emergency physicians,
radiologist, pharmacists, nurses, and support staff are ready to care
for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our neuro interventionalists are ready to remove the blood clot or stop
the bleeding if that’s the cause of your stroke. We utilize minimally
invasive emergency procedures that do not require long prep time and drastically
improve the patient's chances of survival and improved outcomes. Our
interventional radiologist, Medical Director KC Tan, MD, is one of the
few physicians in the country trained in both neuro-interventional and
vascular interventional radiology. Dr. Tan’s skills include the
ability to perform clot extractions in stroke patients, as well as coiling
of aneurysms, tumor embolization, and vascular stenting.
When Stroke Strikes, Seconds Count
The first few minutes of a stroke are the most important, and when you
or someone you love is having a stroke, you cannot afford to hesitate.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. The Methodist
Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Program provides the people of LA County
a highly-skilled team of stroke experts to ensure every minute counts.
Signs & Symptoms of Stroke and TIA
Stroke has many signs and symptoms. The symptoms are usually
sudden. The most common ones are:
- Facial droop
- Blurred or double vision
- One-sided weakness
- One-sided numbness
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech, incomprehensible speech
- Trouble walking
Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Recovering from a Stroke
Numerous studies have shown that a dedicated stroke center provides a higher
level of care to patients and increases their chances of recovery and
Recovery from stroke may sometimes be a lifelong process. With this in
mind, Methodist Hospital stroke specialists are here to support you during
the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery process. Whether you or your loved
one just had a stroke or are at high risk for developing one, we are here
to help you understand your condition and help you take action to reduce
your chances of having another stroke in the future. Understanding your
condition and how to manage it can increase your confidence in making
changes to improve and maintain your health.
Stroke Program Milestones and Successes
The Methodist Hospital multidisciplinary Stroke Team is committed to delivering
quality care according to nationally-recognized clinical care process
improvement guidelines. By complying with these processes, Methodist Hospital
improves outcomes for patients treated in our hospital, and helps to reduce
patients' risks for another adverse event requiring emergency care
We are proud to report that our compliance rates are at or above the national
safety standard and meet or exceed the American Heart Association / American
Stroke Association's "Get with the Guidelines" performance targets.
Our Stroke Program has achieved many program milestones and successes during
the past decade. Methodist Hospital’s commitment to providing quality
care by implementing a higher standard of stroke care, according to evidence-based
guidelines, is reflected in several awards granted by the American Heart
Association and American Stroke Association.
Methodist Hospital has achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get
With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for nine
consecutive years. The hospital has achieved 75 percent or higher compliance
with 8 of 8 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures, which are
designed to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. The Target Stroke
Elite Plus award reflects the institution's achievement of treating
85 percent of stroke patients with a clot-busting drug within 60 minutes
of arrival and meeting all stoke performance metrics. Methodist Hospitals'
tPA door to treatment average was 36 minutes in 2019.
Our Quality Statistics
These metrics provide information about important aspects of hospital care
that affect patients’ outcomes such as prevention of and response
to complications, emphasis on patient safety, and the timeliness of care.
- Compliance with the American Heart Association's "Get with the
Guidelines" performance measures at or above 85 percent: better than
the national benchmark.
- Serious complication rates for diagnostic angiograms are less than 1 percent:
better than the national benchmark.
- Survival rates for stroke patients are above the national average.
- Stroke Treatment Process Measures
The Methodist Hospital Stroke Team closely monitors compliance with processes
of care as endorsed by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association
in order to provide consistent care across all stroke care measures and
achieve quality outcomes. Hospitals are asked to achieve 85% compliance
in all of the measures below in order to meet the award recognition criteria.
Methodist Hospital exceeds the requirements in all of these areas:
- Percentage of Stroke Patients who received VTE prophylaxis 98%
- Percentage of Stroke Patients Discharged on Antithrombotics: 99%
- Percentage of Stroke Patients with Atrial Fibrillation discharged on Anticoagulation
- Percentage of Stroke Patients for whom Tissue Plasminogen Activator (t-PA)
was given within the treatment window 100%
- Percentage of Stroke Patients Receiving Antithrombotic Medication within
48 Hours of Hospitalization: 99%
- Percentage of Stroke Patients Screened for Dysphagia: 94%
- Percentage of Stroke Patients who received Stroke Education: 99%
- Percentage of Stroke Patients for whom a Plan for Rehabilitation was Considered: 100%
Our Stroke Program Meets and Exceeds Clinical Practice Guidelines for Administration
of IV Alteplase (tPA)
Clinical practice guidelines recommend that hospitals administer a type
of clot-busting medicine called tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) to
eligible ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes or less of arrival.
Methodist Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association
and American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for successfully administering
thrombolytic therapy (tPA) within 60 minutes in 100 percent or more of
eligible acute ischemic stroke patients. The Methodist Hospital stroke
program received the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll and the Target:
Stroke Elite Honor Roll awards in 2017, 2018, and 2019 for meeting and
exceeding established AHA/ASA guidelines. In 2020, the stroke program
will receive the Target Stroke Gold Plus Honor Roll for Stroke and Type
Successfully Treating Ischemic Strokes with Endovascular Procedures
Ischemic strokes are caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that supply
blood to the brain. Patients with evidence of a blockage in one of the
major blood vessels in their brain, who present within 24 hours from the
onset of their stroke, can be treated with a catheter-based approach.
The clot is captured and removed from the artery with the catheter. This
endovascular treatment immediately restores blood flow.
Many hospitals use a scale called thrombolysis in cerebral infarction (TICI)
to evaluate the success of endovascular treatments. The more open a blood
vessel is following treatment, the more easily blood can flow through it.
In 2015, the Endovascular Stroke Standards Committee of the Society of
Vascular and Interventional Neurology established the following national
benchmark for hospitals: At least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients
who undergo endovascular treatment must achieve a TICI grade of “2b”
or higher. This means the vessel completely fills with blood, even though
the rate of blood flow may be slower than normal. Methodist Hospital exceeded
this goal, achieving TICI scores of 2b or higher among 82 percent of patients
treated with endovascular procedures.
For more information on our Stroke Program, contact our team directly at