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Stroke is a medical emergency. With quick treatment, though, we save lives and minimize stroke’s long-term effects. At Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, we’re committed to giving immediate stroke care.

We’re ready to care for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The moment you enter our doors, a team of dedicated professionals springs into action. From your evaluation in the emergency department to rehabilitation that helps you regain any lost abilities, we focus on helping you have the best possible outcome.

Since 2010, we've been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations. This speaks to the quality of care we provide and our commitment to meeting each person’s unique needs.

There are three main types of stroke we treat:

  • Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke. They occur when a clot blocks blood flow to part of your brain.
  • Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel ruptures.
  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are sometimes called ministrokes. They’re the result of a temporary blood clot and may cause symptoms that pass quickly. You should treat a TIA as an emergency. It can be a sign that a more serious stroke is in your future.
Stroke symptoms

Recognizing stroke symptoms is the key to getting help quickly. Thank FAST: 

  • Face: Ask the person you’re concerned about to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred, or does it sound strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 right away. 

Learn more about stroke from the American Stroke Association.

At Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, we offer a number of stroke services. These include:

  • State-of-the-art CT and MRI scanners available around the clock, with an imaging expert always on hand to interpret test results
  • Ultrasound and comprehensive radiology
  • Stroke prevention and education services
Customized therapies

Once we diagnose a stroke, your team will determine the treatment that’s best for you. Treatment depends on the type of stroke you’re having. In most cases, you must receive it within a few hours of when your symptoms began for it to be most effective.

Treatment may include:

  • Medication to dissolve a clot and restore blood flow to your brain
  • Surgery to prevent further bleeding in your brain
Stroke rehabilitation

Rehabilitation can help you regain strength and skills you may have last after a stroke. We have Sonoma County’s only hospital-based acute and neurological rehabilitation units. We work to help you improve your independence and live life fully.

If you have a stroke, a team of skilled, knowledgeable professionals will care for you at Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The team includes doctors and nurses who specialize in:

  • Emergency medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • Physiatry
  • Neurological Rehabilitation


U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 High-Performing Hospital for Stroke

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