Stroke Care

Rapid-response treatment for stroke offers the greatest chance for recovery. Reading Hospital is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center that is fully equipped and staffed to provide state-of-the-art rapid evaluation and treatment of stroke.

Benefits of Rapid Response Treatment

Receiving treatment at the Stroke Center at Reading Hospital within three hours can greatly reduce the risk of permanent damage from a stroke.

  • Rapid Response Brain Attack team, with outcomes in the top 5 percent nationally
  • 24/7 neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology availability 
  • Ability to administer intravenous t-PA (medicine to break up a blood clot)
  • Neuro-interventionalist with ability to provide intra-arterial t-PA, or mechanical clot removal
  • Eight-hour window of opportunity for advanced mechanical intervention 

FAST Symptoms of Stroke

A stroke is a medical emergency. Remember these warning signs of stroke:

  • 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 - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • TIME - If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately!

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Healthgrades Stroke Awards

Reading Hospital was named one of Healthgrades' "America's 100 Best Hospitals" in 2015 for Stroke Care for Three Years in a Row (2013 – 2015). Healthgrades also offered these distinctions:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Neurosciences Excellence Award for Two Years in a Row (2014-2015)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for Nine Years in a Row (2007-2015)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for Nine Years in a Row (2007-2015)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Neurosciences in 2015 Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Neurosciences for Two Years in a Row (2014-2015)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for Nine Years in a Row (2007-2015)
  • Five Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 10 Years in a Row (2006-2015)

American Heart Association Award

The Stroke Center at Reading Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 2016 Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll.

The award recognizes Reading Hospital's commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. 

This is the 11th consecutive year the Stroke Center has received the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and the fourth consecutive year it has received the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll

Advanced Primary Stroke Center Accreditation and Certification

  • Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation for Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Program
  • Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification - Advanced Primary Stroke Center program