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Rush Stroke Program

Rush has taken the necessary steps to ensure it's a safe place for treatment. Learn more.
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The Rush Stroke Program provides comprehensive acute care for emergency stroke and related conditions, such as transient ischemic attacks (TIA) and brain aneurysms. The program also provides follow-up care for patients coping with the aftermath of a stroke.

The program's goal is to prevent occurrence of a future stroke by providing you with the following:

  • Medical management
  • Neurosurgical options
  • Tools to modify your lifestyle

The stroke program welcomes individuals seeking a second opinion. 

Nationally recognized for stroke care

The program has been certified by the Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center. This certification recognizes hospitals that have the most advanced level of stroke care for patients. 

Rush is also one of only two hospitals in Chicago to receive both the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and the AHA/ASA's Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award. These prestigious awards recognize Rush's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Rush's outstanding stroke program is one reason why our neurology and neurosurgery programs are ranked No. 8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Rush Mobile Stroke Unit speeds treatment to stroke patients

In Chicago's near west suburbs, a 911 call about any symptom of stroke triggers dispatch of the Rush Mobile Stroke Unit (if available). Based at Rush Oak Park Hospital, the Mobile Stroke Unit is a state-of-the-art ambulance that brings immediate care straight to the patient.

Staffed with a team of emergency stroke care specialists, the unit is equipped with a CT scanner that transmits images to a Rush radiologist, telemedicine technology for immediate consultation with a Rush stroke neurologist, and clot-busting medications. Treating stroke within the first hour after symptoms appear can minimize damage — so when every second counts, the Rush Mobile Stroke Unit team can begin treatment right away.