Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Stroke Rehabilitation Certification
In response to the widespread community need for fast and effective stroke
treatment, Alvarado Hospital is proud to have been the first hospital
in California to receive two stroke designations from The Joint Commission
to ensure our patients receive the best treatment from the emergency department
through rehabilitation. Alvarado is designated an Advanced Primary Stroke
Center and a recipient of the Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Rehabilitation.
It is important to note that the American Heart & Stroke Association
has recommended that stroke survivors seek care in an acute rehabilitation
center rather than a skilled nursing home.
The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Primary
Stroke Center and Gold Seal of Approval recognize centers that make exceptional
efforts to foster better outcomes for those who have suffered a stroke.
Achievement of certification signifies that the services the hospital
provides have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving
outcome. In fact, according to the Joint Commission, Alvarado Hospital
demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and
guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
We believe that through education and awareness, the risk of stroke can
be reduced, and with prompt treatment and can improve outcomes for stroke
The primary stroke designation is considered the best signal to our community
that the quality care the hospital provides is effectively managed to
meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
On average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes. Nearly
three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The
risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of
55. However, strokes can and do occur at any age.
If you see or have a one or more of these symptoms, don't wait, call
911 right away! Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours
of their first symptoms tend to have less disability three months after
a stroke than those who received delayed care.
Following the F.A.S.T. acronym:
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: As the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Are You at Risk for a Stroke
Stroke prevention is still the best medicine. The most important treatable
conditions linked to stroke are:
High blood pressure –Treat it! Eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise to reduce
blood pressure. Medication be also be required. High blood pressure is
the most important risk factor for stroke.
Cigarette Smoking – Quit it! There are lots of options to help you quit. The risk of ischemic stroke
in current smokers is about double that of nonsmokers after adjustment
for other risk factors.
Heart Disease – Manage it! Your doctor can treat your heart disease and may prescribe medication
to help prevent the formation of clots.
Diabetes – Control it! Treatment can delay complications that increase the risk of stroke.
Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) – Seek help! TIAs are small strokes that last for a few minutes or a few hours. They
should never be ignored and can be treated with drugs or surgery.
Gold-Level Stroke Rehabilitation
For stroke survivors, the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado
Hospital offers a comprehensive inpatient program followed by outpatient
therapy, and is the recipient of the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint
Commission. This means SDRI's program met or exceeded stringent requirements
for stroke rehabilitation.
Our acute rehabilitation unit provides 24/7 nursing care and intensive
therapy before returning home, community or to an assisted-living facility.
We are committed to helping our patients regain as much function as possible
after a stroke, maximizing independence, and assisting with re-entry into
the community. Team members provide training and education for patients
and their families throughout treatment.
No matter where the initial stroke hospitalization occurred, patients or
their loved ones can request a referral to our facility if that is more
convenient to home or family. We accept almost all insurance plans.
For more information or a referral, call (619) 229-7380.
Physician Referral and More Information
Alvarado’s Physician Referral Service can help you find a physician
who meets your needs. To find a physician, simply click on the
Physician Finder, call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723).