Primary Stroke Center

Helping New Orleans stroke patients on the path to recovery

At University Medical Center New Orleans, our Advanced Primary Stroke Center is available 24/7 to ensure each patient gets the care they need, when they need it. Strokes are among the nation’s most dangerous health concerns, affecting over 795,000 people each year and rendering many severely disabled. With the right care delivered within a proper time frame, UMC helps patients to minimize the debilitating effects of stroke and helps people get back to their lives.

Certified by The Joint Commission

Our rigorous standards of excellence have been nationally recognized. Since 2010, the Advanced Primary Stroke Center at University Medical Center New Orleans has been designated as a Nationally-Certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

Stroke program features

Our stroke center gives patients access to the potentially lifesaving care they need right away. We use the latest effective tools and medicine to ensure patients get the best care possible.

Our stroke unit helps patients by providing:

  • Dedicated 25 beds for stroke victims
  • Multidisciplinary stroke team that includes neurologists, nurses, radiologists, case managers, dietitians, pharmacists, therapists (physical, respiratory, occupational and speech), and an interventional neuroradiologist
  • The clot-busting stroke drug tPA, administered to over 75% of our patients in less than 60 minutes, exceeding The Joint Commission’s requirement
  • Door-to-emergency department physician, neurology services, tPA administration, and CT scan completion all within or under national time standards
  • Community education that helps fight the prevalence of strokes
  • Comprehensive follow-up in stroke care

Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus

University Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Support group offerings

Our Different Strokes support group meets together with survivors of stroke and their loved ones to share their stories and support one another. For more information on this support group, call 504.702.5019 or download our brochure by clicking here.

What Is a stroke?

Stroke is caused by a lack of oxygenated blood making it into the brain. This can be caused by blood clotting in the brain which deprives it of oxygen or by a burst blood vessel. In either case, care is needed immediately if the victim is to survive without permanent damage.

You can recognize a stroke by remembering to check for:

  • F – Face drooping. Ask them to smile and look for uneven face muscle movement
  • A – Arm weakness or numbness
  • S – Speech difficulty. Can the person speak and be understood?
  • T – Time to call 911. Even if these symptoms go away, calling 911 could make a big difference

Take our Stroke Quiz to learn more.