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Stroke case manager with patient and family memberStroke Care

Strokes affect nearly 800,000 people each year in the U.S., often resulting in brain damage if not treated quickly. At St. Cloud Hospital, you have access to exceptional, comprehensive stroke care by highly skilled specialists. The skilled team also guides real time stroke care throughout the region with our innovative TeleStroke program.

From the moment you or a loved one arrives at St. Cloud Hospital, our staff is specially trained for the triage, diagnosis and treatment of stroke.

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Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

CentraCare Neurosciences Stroke Center at St. Cloud Hospital has been awarded certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL Healthcare, a global certification body.

Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center is recognition that we offer the highest level of treatment and care available for stroke patients, including advanced neuro-interventional radiology, neurosurgery and neuro-critical care services.

Why choose CentraCare Neurosciences Stroke Center?


CentraCare Neurosciences Stroke Center at St. Cloud Hospital offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary, patient and family-centered stroke care that encompasses public awareness and prevention education, rapid triage, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Skilled Stroke Team

A multidisciplinary team of physicians and health providers — including certified nurses, fellowship-trained doctors and excellent support staff — collaborate with emergency personnel to help identify stroke and begin treatment.

Highly Skilled and Trained Staff

At CentraCare Neurosciences Stroke Center, many nurses have made a commitment to their practice, team members, unit and patients to achieve specialty certifications. Since St. Cloud Hospital is a Magnet-designated facility, the dedication to employing certified nurses raises awareness and promotes quality care based on specialized knowledge regarding stroke and neuroscience patients.

Continuing Our Care for Stroke Patients

Our program is also fortunate to have a team of highly qualified nurse practitioners that provide acute and primary care for the Stroke and Vascular Neurology department.

With support of their collaborating physicians, these nurse practitioners see patients autonomously and ensure patients receive quality, evidence-based stroke care according to current guidelines.

These nurse practitioners attend code strokes in the emergency room and are often the first members of the stroke team the patients see after admission. This team also rounds, prepares patients for discharge, provides follow-up visits in the clinic and through telehealth.

Training the Next Generation

The CentraCare Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellowship Program is one of two in Minnesota - and one of approximately 20 educational programs nationally - that trains vascular neurologists in the techniques required for the minimally invasive treatment of acute ischemic stroke, brain aneurysms and other cerebrovascular diseases.

This fellowship is a unique subspecialty program which provides two years of supervised graduate medical education experience. These fellows are already stroke experts who want to further their skills to become interventional neurologists.

Learn more about the CentraCare Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellowship Program.

Nationally Recognized Stroke Care

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

The region’s first CARF-accredited (Commission on Carf accreditedAccreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for inpatient rehabilitation hospital programs for adults, adolescents and stroke.

Get With the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

2016 Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold PlusSt. Cloud Hospital was awarded the Get With the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

St. Cloud Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality measures including aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies to reduce death and disability, improving the lives of stroke patients.

St. Cloud Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster Alteplase, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and be less likely to suffer severe disability.

Quality Outcomes

St. Cloud Hospital has a rich tradition of caring for the people of Minnesota. Since being founded by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in 1886, we have grown from a small, community hospital to a comprehensive, high-quality regional medical center.

Review our online Stroke Center Outcomes Report.

Contact Us

For information about public awareness or prevention education and other community events, please call 320-255-5772. If you are a physician and would like to request a consultation or refer a stroke patient, call 888-387-2862.

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Jim McNally, Stroke Survivor