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Rush Stroke Program

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. 

View data on Rush's stroke care here.

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.

TeleStroke: Remote access to Rush expertise

Neurologists at Rush are leaders in providing stroke care for patients at Rush — and beyond, thanks to the Rush TeleStroke Network .

The Rush TeleStroke Network is a network of 12 community hospitals throughout the Chicago region and Rush University Medical Center. It provides access, 24 x 7 x 365, to vascular neurology services for ischemic stroke patients who present in one of our affiliate emergency rooms. Stroke neurologists from Rush are able to remotely assess patients at these hospitals, helping emergency room physicians determine if a patient is a candidate for the clot-busting medication, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), or if they need to be transferred to Rush for more complex stroke care.

Learn more about the Rush TeleStroke Network.

Illinois' first mobile stroke unit

The Rush Comprehensive Stroke Center's mobile stroke unit brings immediate stroke diagnosis and treatment to patients at their homes, or wherever they're in need. The unit, serving in parts of the western suburbs, is one of only a handful of its kind in the United States.

The mobile stroke treatment team responds to 911 calls reporting symptoms indicating stroke, along with a regular ambulance. If stroke is suspected, the mobile stroke team is able to perform CT scans and begin the appropriate life-saving care at the same time the patient is being transported to the hospital.

Learn more about our mobile stroke unit

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