Stroke Center

Use the BE FAST test to recognize and respond to the signs of stroke

Balance – Sudden difficulty with balance

Eyes – Sudden problems with vision in one or both eyes

Face – Face or smile droops on one side

Arms- Sudden weakness in arm or leg

Speech – Unable to repeat a simple sentence, or slurred words

Time – If you observe any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately

Fast action can save brain function when having a stroke. There are a number of effective treatments for stroke, but they are most effective only in the first few hours after stroke symptoms start. Other symptoms you should know:

  • Confusion: Sudden confusion, difficulty understanding language, difficulty thinking
  • Headache: Sudden severe headache, the worst headache of your life

Comprehensive Stroke Center

DNV-GL certified comprehensive stroke sealUnited Hospital has been awarded certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DHV GL Healthcare. Certification as a Comprehensive Stoke Center is recognition that we are able to offer the highest level of treatment and care available for stroke patients, including advanced neuro-interventional radiology, neurosurgery, and neuro-critical care services.

The Stroke Center at United Hospital provides an integrated and comprehensive approach to stroke care from diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation while offering evidence-based, best-of-practice acute care and rehabilitation.

Center components include:

Emergency care

  • Neurologist and neurosurgery coverage 24 hours per day
  • Immediate assessment, intervention and management of acute stroke within the Emergency Department
  • State-of-the-art neurointerventional techniques with the ability to administer intravenous and intra-arterial t-PA, intra-and extra-cranial cerebral artery angioplasty and mechanical clot retrieval

Inpatient care

  • Designated inpatient unit for stroke care with telemetry monitoring capabilities
  • Written protocols with evidence-based guidelines, directed by neurology and neurosurgeons and critical care
  • Inpatient nursing staff with special training in stroke care
  • Multidisciplinary discharge planning

Inpatient rehabilitation

  • Dedicated inpatient care by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute physicians and nurses who specialize in stroke rehabilitation
  • Individualized treatment plans for stroke survivors and their families
  • Multidisciplinary teams including physical, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and psychologists

Peer visitor program

  • Outpatient care follow-up with interdisciplinary teams
  • Monthly stroke survivor and family support group

Patient outcomes and education

  • Measurement and tracking of stroke patient outcomes with a quality care improvement plan/process in place
  • Annual stroke education and awareness through Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
  • Ongoing professional programs and conferences for health professionals

Patient stories


Treating the stroke: Jay Monogue's story

An alert had been sent to the stroke team at United in advance of their arrival, so staff was ready. After an assessment by an Emergency Department physician in consultation with a stroke neurologist, Jay went to the imaging suite and underwent a CT scan.

College student's unbelievable stroke recovery at United Hospital

Farmer and Town Chair Mike Kamm entrusted stroke care and rehab to Allina Health

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