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 program offers patients premiere treatment, education and support
to help restore functionality and quality of life.
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 Comprehensive 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. Torrance
Memorial has also received certification from
DNV GL Healthcare as a
Comprehensive Stroke Center, affirming the hospital’s readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related
medical problems and reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment
of serious stroke events.
Torrance Memorial has also received the American Heart Association/American
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.
This award is awarded by meeting specific quality achievement measures
for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for
a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use
of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date,
evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing
death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should
also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit
scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
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
Neurological & Stroke Rehabilitation Center
Evaluation and treatment services available for stroke patients.