BHS Stroke Center
Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Strokes
Strokes are a serious health issue that could impact a victim for their
entire life. The medical realm has made great strides in the research
of stroke treatment in recent years, and Butler Health System has been
a proud part of that effort. Our center is staffed with highly experienced
physicians that assist in the prevention and treatment of strokes.
For the work we've done with stroke patients, we have received the
Gold Plus Performance Award for Stroke from the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association. This quality award recognizes consistent achievement
in using evidenced based guidelines to provide the highest standards of
quality stroke patient care.
to learn more about what strokes are and how to prevent/treat them.
Click here to download the BHS Stroke Center information card.
Our Stroke Treatment and Services
Our multidisciplinary team of health care professionals use evidenced-based
care to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for stroke.
Emergency Stroke Services - The BMH Emergency Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our Emergency Department staff are trained to identify and treat stroke.
Carotid Stenosis Treatment - For patients with narrowing of the carotid artery, a major artery in the
neck that leads to the brain, surgical or interventional treatment is
Carotid Endarterectomy is a surgical technique to remove fatty deposits from the carotid artery.
Carotid Stenting is an interventional procedure that can be performed on eligible patients
that opens up the carotid artery.
Rehabilitation - Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy
provide inpatient rehabilitation services.
Diagnostic Testing - Computed tomography (CT) and laboratory testing are available (for diagnosis
of stroke) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Supportive diagnostic studies
include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), echocardiogram, carotid doppler
studies and angiography.
Social Services - Case managers and social work services are available to assist with
discharge planning needs.
HFAP Primary Stroke Certification - HFAP is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization
with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
This designation recognizes the hospital’s commitment to excellence
in the care, stabilization and treatment of stroke patients.
Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Stroke Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor
Roll Elite Plus - We’re proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for our active involvement in Get With
The Guidelines®-Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, a program designed to
help hospitals make sure patients get the benefits of the latest scientific
PA Department of Health Stroke Center Designation - The Stroke Center designation from the PA DOH promotes a culture of excellence
at the hospital and gives the community we serve confidence in the quality
of stroke care received at our facility.
If you notice the early signs of a stroke, seem medical attention immediately. Click here
to learn more about the warning signs.
The Stroke Team
Our stroke center team includes neurologists, emergency medicine, rehabilitation
specialists, nutritionists, social workers, case managers, and a dedicated
clinical nursing staff.
Our team of experts include physicians who are board certified in:
- Emergency Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Interventional Radiology
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
Strokes can result in numerous debilitating side-effects, which you can
read about here.
Great care starts here. Melissa Maser, CRNP identified as an honoree for
Pittsburgh Magazine Excellence in Nursing 2018
Strokes are one of the top five leading causes of death in the United States.
Treatment for strokes is moving along as fast as it can, but in the meantime
we can do our part to end stroke by staying informed on the warning signs
and preventing it before it starts.
Visit this page
for information on how you can help to end strokes.
Support is available for stroke survivors. For more information on resources
near you, visit:
National Stroke Association
American Stroke Association