Stroke & Neurological

Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

We are proud to announce Hillcrest Medical Center has received Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from DNV GL Healthcare, a national health care accreditation organization that certifies hospitals’ quality and patient safety protocols. Our nationally recognized specialists, dedicated neuro-intensive care unit, and extensive rehabilitation services create a multidisciplinary team that provides the highest possible level of stroke and endovascular services.

The Oklahoma Stroke & Neurological Institute (OSNI) at Hillcrest is led by a team of experts and is supported by a specially-trained rapid response team available 24/7 to care for your stroke patients. Andre Fredieu, M.D. is the full-time Medical Director of OSNI and has been practicing Interventional Neurology since 2005. Perri Craven, M.D. is the Medical Director of Kaiser Rehabilitation Center and the Associate Medical Director of OSNI. Dr. Craven is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has a sub specialty in brain injury medicine.

The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that OSNI addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

 

Signs of Stroke

If you are experiencing one or more of the following warning signs and symptoms of stroke, it is important to act F.A.S.T. Call 9-1-1 immediately, even if the symptoms disappear.

Oklahoma Stroke & Neurological Institute at Hillcrest Medical Center offers an 18-bed stroke unit with a specially trained, rapid response team ready to provide expert care for someone who may be having a stroke.

Our Stroke Care

After a stroke, every second counts and what’s done in the first minutes or hours after a stroke may determine the level of recovery a person will achieve. That’s why the staff at the Emergency Center at Hillcrest Medical Center is trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke.

Whenever a patient is suspected of having a stroke, our stroke-trained nurses rapidly respond to ensure the patient is assessed as quickly as possible. Assessments include an immediate CT scan based on symptoms, as well as a thorough evaluation conducted by a stroke physician and neurologist to determine the most effective treatment option. We offer several innovative procedures for treatment to include an FDA-approved clot-busting drug that can reduce long-term disability.

Experiencing a stroke can be a stressful and scary time in your life. Our team is committed to communicating with each patient and patient caregiver throughout the evaluation, treatment and recovery process.

Recovering and Regaining Independence

Each patient’s recovery and rehabilitation is important to us. Before being discharged, our stroke care coordinator will meet with each patient and caregiver to discuss topics associated in the recovery process. Some of these topics include care at home following a stroke and reducing risk of another stroke. After discharge from the Oklahoma Stroke & Neurological Institute, the Kaiser Rehabilitation Center at Hillcrest Medical Center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services on the Hillcrest campus.