Exceptional Stroke Care

The University of Chicago Medicine is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation considered a Gold Seal of Approval. It recognizes the exceptional efforts of our Stroke Center team to provide advanced care according to the latest stroke treatment standards and their work striving for continuous improvement in care.

Here, a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurointensive care specialists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, advanced practice nurses, therapists and other experts provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic care for people with the following disorders:

  • Critical narrowing or blockages of brain blood vessels 
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage 
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage and aneurysms
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA or "mini-stroke")
  • Vascular malformations of the brain, including cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM)
  • Vascular tumors of the brain and head/neck region
  • Venous occlusions, such as dural sinus thrombosis and cortical vein thrombosis

Our goal is to provide comprehensive, individualized care that will help our patients recover to achieve the best quality of life possible.

2018 AHA stroke gold

Certified Stroke Center

The University of Chicago Stroke Center has been recognized by as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the major national hospital accreditation organization. This designation is considered a "Gold Seal of Approval" and recognizes the exceptional efforts of the University of Chicago Stroke Center team to provide advanced care according to the latest stroke treatment standards, and to strive for continuous improvement in care. The Stroke Center has also achieved the “Gold Plus” award from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Gold Seal of Approval

As a recognized Comprehensive Stroke Center, the University of Chicago Medicine has all the critical elements to deliver high-quality medical care to achieve the best long-term outcomes for people affected by stroke. In addition, our unique expertise in neurointensive care differentiates us from other stroke centers and allows our team to provide exceptional care to patients with brain hemorrhages and other life-threatening severe strokes.

Gold Plus Award

Hospitals receiving the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care for two consecutive calendar years, as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to four out of 10 heart failure quality measures or seven out of 10 stroke quality measures during a 12-month period.

Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. There are two kinds of stroke. How they're treated varies according to the type of stroke:

  • Ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, is caused by a blood clot or plaque that blocks a blood vessel in the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain.

At UChicago Medicine, our stroke experts provide the full range of treatments for stroke — from emergency clot-busting medicines and procedures to dissolve or remove clots during ischemic stroke to minimally invasive surgical procedures to control bleeding from a hemorrhagic stroke.

Ongoing treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient, depending upon the type and severity of the stroke, as well as factors such as age and co-existing medical conditions. Our patients benefit from being cared for by specialized experts who can effectively treat the stroke and recommend the best plan to help prevent another stroke.

Our patients are cared for in designated stroke units equipped with the latest medical technology for stroke care. This includes our neurointensive care unit, one of the most reputable clinical programs in this field in the country.

Our team is always available for rapid evaluation and treatment of patients with stroke and other cerebrovascular problems. UChicago Medicine is one of the few major medical centers in the region with an acute stroke care team that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The cornerstone of being a Comprehensive Stroke Center is a dedication to evidence-based medicine. Altogether, our experts are involved in a wide range of stroke research projects — from studies of new medicines to prevent stroke to developing advanced surgical procedures to improve blood flow to the brain after stroke. In addition, our team maintains a stroke registry in an effort to track patients' progress and to improve best practices for stroke care.