Exceptional Stroke Care

The University of Chicago Medicine has two nationally recognized stroke centers, including our Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Hyde Park. Considered a Gold Seal of Approval, this designation 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.

2019 Stroke Gold Plus Award

Certified Stroke Center at UChicago Medicine Hyde Park

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.

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.

If you are a healthcare provider and wish to transfer a patient with a neurologic emergency or to speak with our team directly, call our dedicated neuro-ICU transfer line at 1-773-834-NSICU (6742). It will be answered by an attending neuro-intensivist, addressing ischemic stroke, brain bleeding, status epilepticus, neurotrauma, hydrocephalus, tumors and other neurologic emergencies.

If requested, we will facilitate seamless transfer and make arrangements for bed assignment To schedule a consultation for a less urgent neurovascular condition, call us at:

  • Stroke Neurology: 773-834-4604
  • Neurovascular Surgery: 773-702-2123
  • Neurointerventional Surgery: 773-702-5004

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.

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Stroke Center of Excellence

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial developed its stroke center in 2006 to increase awareness of stroke symptoms and prevention–and to diagnose and treat stroke patients as quickly as possible. Under the medical direction of board-certified neurologist Engin Yilmaz, MD, the Stroke Center integrates the services of the emergency department, nursing, radiology, laboratory, pharmacy and rehabilitation. This multidisciplinary approach to stroke management covers all aspects of stroke care, from prevention and diagnosis to acute care and rehabilitation. 

In addition to emergent and acute inpatient care for stroke patients, UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial offers a full continuum of care, including rehabilitation and support both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

In February 2008, the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Stroke Center earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the DNV for Primary Stroke Centers. The recommendation demonstrates that UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial's stroke care program follows stringent national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients, according to the DNV.

Our interdisciplinary stroke team meets on a monthly basis to review stroke performance improvement, quality measures, treatment protocols, clinical practice guidelines and to educate stroke patients, the community and staff.

As part of its dedicated Stroke Center, UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial developed and implemented a stroke protocol according to the American Stroke Association's guidelines and recommendations to ensure that stroke patients are diagnosed and treated quickly. The protocol includes the immediate availability of a CT scan within minutes of a patient's arrival to the Emergency Department, and administration of clot-busting drugs in selected patients.

Our 53-bed Center for Rehabilitative Medicine serves as a regional referral center, offering acute inpatient rehabilitation care in five primary areas.

Our specialists also offer outpatient rehabilitative services in Calumet City, Flossmoor and Tinley Park.

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