If you think you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 911 immediately
South Bay's Certified Stroke Center
Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States has a
stroke. It’s the third leading cause of death and a major cause of disability.
The key to surviving a stroke is receiving a fast diagnosis and the right
Torrance Memorial provides comprehensive stroke care from the onset of
stroke symptoms through stroke rehabilitation. Torrance Memorial emergency
care staff are trained to identify the signs of stroke and deliver early
intervention care that limits damaging effects. Our stroke rehabilitation
programs that recognize the unique challenges stroke sufferers face.
Torrance Memorial TeleStroke Program
Patients are assessed, diagnosed and treated faster and more effectively
than ever before at Torrance Memorial. Through TeleStroke, a video-conferencing
technology enable specialists at Cedars-Sinai to communicate with Torrance
Memorial’s ER team to examine the patient, interpret brain images,
confirm the diagnosis and provide recommendations just as if they were
at the bedside.
The evaluating physician will recommend in the case of ischemic stroke
(which occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying
blood to the brain) whether tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), a clot-busting
medication, is needed. According to the American Heart Association, each
15-minute span between the onset of ischemic stroke (the cause of nine
out of 10 strokes) and the delivery of TPA is an average of one month
of disability-free life lost for that patient. Immediate intervention
in the case of hemorrhage stroke is just as critical.
Highly Specialized and Certified Stroke Center
Torrance Memorial became the first hospital in Torrance to receive the
Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction as a Primary Stroke Center. This designation recognizes centers that make
exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.
For the third straight year, Torrance Memorial has also received the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the
Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award honors the hospital’s commitment and success to ensuring
stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally
recognized, research-based guidelines.
Expert Stroke Care
Our physicians, nurses and other medical staff are specially trained to
recognize the signs of stroke and deliver immediate, expert care. Emergency
room physicians quickly determine the nature of the stroke and provide
proper treatment. A multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation team provides
personalized care to help stroke patients return to independent living
Young Stroke Survivor
Jesse Turner credits healthcare team among greatests in his recovery.