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  • The Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital

  • The Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital

  • Video Feature: Stroke Q&A


    Doctors and nurses in the Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital answer common questions about stroke.


    JCAHO Gold Seal

    The Miriam Hospital has been certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. The Miriam Hospital has the distinction of having been the first in Rhode Island to be so designated, and remains the only facility in the state to be certified five times. 

    Award-Winning Care

    The Miriam Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's 2015 Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The Miriam treats more than 600 stroke patients each year and has received the Gold or Gold Plus designation for stroke care every year since 2008.

    Download our Stroke Center Brochure:
    In English (PDF, 78K)
    In Spanish (PDF, 63K)
    In Portuguese (PDF, 65K)
    In Russian (PDF, 169K)

    How Do We Do?See patient care data for stroke care at The Miriam Hospital  

    The Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital is Rhode Island's first acute stroke team-a team of clinicians experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke who are available around-the-clock for stroke emergencies. It is also the first in the state to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, and the only facility in the state to be certified four times.

    The Stroke Center at the Miriam Hospital provides:

    • Rhode Island's first Acute Stroke Team: a team of clinicians experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, who are available around-the-clock for stroke emergencies
    • The latest in diagnostic imaging equipment to accurately detect stroke and its complications
    • Minimally invasive delivery of care using the newest therapies, such as clot-dissolving medication and the Merci Retrieval device
    • An intensive care unit coordinated with the stroke team for supporting treated patients
    • A specialized team of nurses dedicated to caring for stroke patients
    • Rehabilitation specialists committed to helping survivors regain a comfortable quality of life
    • A multi-specialty stroke committee reviews patient care and outcomes monthly

    Stroke Warning Signs

    If you notice one or more of these signs in yourself or someone else, don't wait! Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

    Learn how to recognize a stroke FAST:

    • Face-Drooping on one side of the face
    • Arms-Weakness or numbness in one arm
    • Speech-Slurred speech
    • Time-Saving time saves brain cells

    All stroke symptoms are sudden. Do not ignore symptoms even if they go away.

    • Call 9-1-1. Care can begin as soon as the ambulance arrives.
    • Check the time so you'll know when the stroke started.
    • At the hospital, say "I think I'm having a stroke."

    State-of-the-art treatment options are available.

    We are excited to offer Perfusion Diffusion Imaging. New imaging, performed on The Miriam Hospital's state-of-the-art 64 slice CT scanner, can help physicians diagnose a stroke early and predict the outcome of a stroke in progress. This imaging method shows the area of brain damage that cannot be reversed, as well as the area that is not yet damaged but is at risk for significant damage if an aggressive treatment approach is not taken.

    For more information about the Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital, please call 401-793-2500.

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    Cardiac Care: The Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospital