Stroke

Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute

Recognized for Fast, Quality Stroke Care

Our four metro hospitals are all honored by AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines®

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Understanding the Different Types of Stroke

Treatment depends upon the type, timing, and cause.

Region’s Best Stroke Outcomes

Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute is a national leader in stroke reversal. We treat more than 1,100 stroke patients each year from the Kansas City region and well beyond.

Our brain and stroke experts are:

  • Among the nation’s elite at coiling and clipping to treat hemorrhagic stroke and aneurysm
  • Fastest in the region at delivering tPA, the clot-busting drug that stops brain damage caused by ischemic stroke
  • Pioneers in using clot-removal devices

The leading edge of stroke care

The Joint Commission recognizes Saint Luke’s Hospital as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and the state of Missouri designated us a Level I Time Critical Diagnosis Center for Stroke. Nationally, Saint Luke's beats key benchmark numbers for stroke care:
  • Our patients are more likely to be treated with clot-busting tPA than at other facilities—we give tPA 22 percent of the time, while the national rate is 13.2 percent.
  • Saint Luke’s interventional radiologists open blocked brain arteries in 87.5 percent of cases—30 percent better than the national average.
  • Our complication rates following clot removal are 3.8 percent compared to 7 percent nationally.

Designed for speed and efficiency

Speed matters. Every second of a stroke kills 32,000 brain cells. Our Neuroscience Institute was designed to offer the fastest, most accurate care for stroke and brain injury.

  • From the ambulance entrance, EMS crews wheel patients directly into our computed tomography (CT) scanner room, where our team is ready to go—saving more than a dozen valuable minutes right from the start.
  • Many patients receive intervention before an hour has passed.
  • We have four dedicated neurosurgical operating suites, 68 private rooms, and 18 state-of-the-art ICU rooms.

Our speed and skill mean Saint Luke’s stroke patients retain more brain cells—and more function.

Expert neurorehabilitation

Saint Luke’s gives you the best chance of recovering from the damage stroke causes. Our neurorehabilitation program starts within 24 to 36 hours after arrival, often in our specialized intensive care unit.

Stroke patients treated at Saint Luke’s are two times more likely to return home than those treated at other hospitals in the region. More than 75 percent of patients treated at the Neuroscience Institute are discharged directly home.

Learn more about our outcomes compared with regional and national data.

 

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  • Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City - Peet Center Conference Room

    Saint Luke's welcomes all stroke survivors and caregivers. Join us each month for this free event from 5 to 6:30 p.m.You'll meet other stroke survivors, discuss caregiver concerns, share inspiring stories, and learn how to navigate health resources. Snacks and beverages are provided; registration not required.

    We meet at Saint Luke's Hospital's Peet Center the second Thursday of each month (except December). For more information, call 816-932-2020.

  • Saint Luke's East Hospital

    Monthly presentation by a guest speaker followed by an open discussion among stroke survivors and caregivers. The stroke support group meets on the first Thursday of every month, from 6-7:30 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information call Matt Lammers at 816-347-4656 or Saint Luke's Concierge at 816-932-5100.