HOUSTON (August 13, 2008)

At Memorial Hermann, we are deeply committed to providing acute stroke patients with the latest breakthrough treatments, including new clot-dissolving drugs. In fact, USA Today recently recognized the program for its level of care.

Two Memorial Hermann hospitals have earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers, three facilities have become community stroke support facilities and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center has achieved the highest standard as a comprehensive stroke center.

Led by James C. Grotta, MD, UT-Houston professor of neurology and medical director of the Neurovascular Disease Center at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the team receives more than $1.5 million annually in National Institutes of Health grants for stroke research.

These efforts make ours the first network of accredited Stroke Centers in the region and among fewer than 30 in Texas. Our network of Memorial Hermann Stroke Centers also enables Memorial Hermann Emergency Centers to receive stroke patients transferred via ground or Life Flight® air ambulance from hospitals lacking the capability or capacity to provide urgent treatment. This means that residents of Harris County and many surrounding counties have access to the most effective treatment in the critical first three hours following a stroke.

Our capabilities include the use of telemedicine technology to enable neurologists across the Memorial Hermann network to observe patients and assist with treatment from any location. By tapping network-wide expertise through the use of real-time imaging technology, physicians and staff at Memorial Hermann facilities are better able to:

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

JCAHO Stroke Center

Memorial Hermann-Southwest

Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands

Community Stroke Support Facilities

Memorial Hermann-Memorial City Medical Center

Memorial Hermann-Katy

Memorial Hermann-Sugar Land