• Primary Stroke Center

  • Avista Adventist Hospital is accredited by the American Heart Association and The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

    Primary Stroke Center

    When a stroke occurs, as many as two million brain cells can die every minute until blood flow inside the brain is restored. The more cells that are lost, the greater the odds that this “brain attack” will result in permanent disability or death.

    That fact underscores the need to know the warning signs of a stroke and call 9-1-1 immediately if you see or experience them. That allows emergency medical professionals to begin supportive and interventional measures well before the ambulance reaches the hospital. Moreover, most emergency response teams are in communication with the hospital’s emergency department while enroute, so essential medical staff can be waiting.

    The Primary Stroke Center designation is awarded only to hospitals that:

    • Have a dedicated stroke-focused program
    • Are staffed by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
    • Ensure individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs
    • Provide comprehensive post-discharge care options
    • Use data to assess and continually improve the quality of stroke care

    Avista encourages you to learn more about our stroke care—from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation.

  • Stroke Physician Specialists

    CHPG Neuroscience and Spine

    Phone: 303-925-4060
    Fax: 303-925-4061

    To remember the signs of stroke, think FAST:

    • F = FACE. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    • A = ARMS. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Is one arm weak or numb? 
    • S = SPEECH. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is speech slurred? Is the sentence repeated correctly?
    • T = TIME. If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately!

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