Why Choose Swedish for Stroke Care?

We treat stroke patients every day!


Swedish stands out among other hospitals by offering comprehensive services at its Stroke Center. Why should you, your family and your neighbors say, "Take me to Swedish" if you experience stroke symptoms?

1. Our dedicated Stroke Team meets stroke patients coming by ambulance at the door of the Emergency Department. When know a stroke patient is on the way, a "Stroke Alert" is issued so that the stroke alert team, including a neurologist and dedicated stroke advanced practice nurse can assess patients and begin appropriate treatment right away. Neurologists are physicians who specialize in treating problems in the brain and nervous system.

2. We work with EMS providers across the Denver metro area. When they see a person experiencing signs and symptoms of stroke, they call ahead to notify Swedish of the potential stroke patient so that we can activate a "Stroke Alert" and be waiting for the patient. 

3. The hospital's interventional radiology department offers "round the clock" coverage by an interventional neuro-radiologist. These physicians can place catheters in a patient's artery to remove a blood clot that is causing a stroke. There are other procedures they do to repair arteries in the brain as well. These physicians work quickly with the neurologists to assess if a procedure to mechanically remove a clot in the brain is possible. State-of-the-art devices can be used to remove blood clots from the brain in eligible patients. Swedish participates in several clinical trials related to the use of these devices and catheters in acute stroke.

4. A dedicated AirLife stroke air transport team. These professionals are truly a "phone call away" to provide rapid transport to Swedish from hospitals all over the western region.

5. Swedish's partnership with the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI). CNI provides outreach programs, education, rehabilitation services for patients and their families. We partner with CNI for stroke- related research studies.

6. Nurses and rehabilitation therapists (such as a physical therapist) who specialize in stroke and participate in continuing education for stroke care.

7. Swedish's Acute Rehabilitation Unit, which specializes in acute neurological, stroke and trauma rehabilitation therapies. The professionals on this unit are experts in providing a "robust" therapy plan for each patient to help them recover and go home.

8. The CO-DOC program that uses telemedicine to deliver expert stroke diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients throughout Colorado.

From our patients...

"The one thing that amazed me was once I arrived at Swedish Medical Center, it didn’t take more than five minutes for the stroke team to know what to do. I remember thinking, this is how my life is going to be from now on, but with the quick thinking and excellent care, I woke up several hours later completely normal! I feel so thankful for the great staff here at Swedish."

- Jeff, 46-year-old stroke patient