Jamaica Hospital Medical Center has been accredited as the first and only Comprehensive Stroke Center (the highest designation of stroke care) in Queens, NY by the Joint Commission. In addition, we have been recognized as a “high performing” stroke center by US News and World Report and are a Healthgrades top 5 stroke center in New York state.
Comprehensive Stroke Certification is the highest tier of stroke care designations, requiring a persistent demonstration of the highest quality care for patients with complex and critical neurovascular diseases through effective and timely administration of the best available treatments for acute stroke patients to provide them with the best chances of recovery.
To achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center status, a hospital must have:
- 24 hour a day, 7 day a week in-house coverage
- Fellowship-trained neuro-interventionists and neuro-intensivists
- General neurosurgery and cerebrovascular neurosurgery coverage
- Specialized biplane imaging equipment
Hospitals should also be equipped with the best nursing care and treatment capabilities to minimize the chances of recurrent stroke, provide physical-occupational therapy to maximize stroke recovery, and participate in patient-centered research approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
In addition to our other accolades, Jamaica Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center has also received the Healthgrades “Neuroscience Excellence Award” from 2019 to 2022 and the “Stroke Care Excellence Award” from 2017 to 2022. The American Heart Association has also recognized stroke care at Jamaica Hospital with the “Gold Plus” award in 2021 and 2022.
Meet Our Team
Our neuro-interventionalists, neuro-intensivists, neurologists, and other specialists are ready to provide you with the highest quality of stroke care available in Queens. Learn more about each member of our team here.
Our Stroke Care Services
Nearly 800 stroke patients receive treatment at Jamaica Hospital each year. Stroke care at our Queens Comprehensive Stroke Center begins with treatment from emergency room physicians and nurses and utilizes our state-of-the-art imaging facilities and neuroendovascular suite. We have developed a platform through which a fast and effective discussion of patients’ care is undertaken amongst stroke physicians, neuroendovascular surgeons, and neuroradiologists, after which clinical decisions are employed in a timely manner.
Neuro-intensive care at Jamaica Hospital ensures excellent care of critically-ill stroke patients to achieve an optimal outcome. Our care for patients extends to their discharge with stroke rehabilitation and a seamless transition to after-care.
Acute Stroke Management
Stroke patients are monitored in designated stroke units or neurointensive care units, where close clinical assessment will be crucial in the acute phase of stroke care.
Jamaica Hospital offers a wide variety of state-of-the-art diagnostic and specialty services performed by over 20 board-certified and sub-specialty trained radiologists, supported by highly-trained and registered experienced technologists. Our advanced imaging tools allow us to provide high-quality diagnostic services for our stroke patients.
Neurointensive care is a multidisciplinary team that helps patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including head and spinal cord trauma, coma, brain tumors, seizures, and various types of strokes. We have a dedicated team of neurocritical physicians who provide comprehensive care for acute stroke patients in our Intensive Care Unit.
Neuroendovascular and Cerebrovascular Surgery
Our team provides 24/7 neuroendovascular services for patients with acute stroke, performing a wide range of complex procedures. Additionally, our cerebrovascular neurosurgeons are available for emergent and elective treatment of stroke patients
At Jamaica Hospital, we evaluate patients for the causes of stroke and craft a plan to mitigate those risks. Underlying etiologies are investigated by a wide battery of neuro-imaging, cardiac imaging, cardiac rhythm monitoring, and blood tests.
Rehabilitation after a stroke or other form of brain trauma is essential for restoring many stroke patients to optimal health, functioning, and well-being. Our rehabilitation team works to maximize patients’ independence in activities of daily living and improve their quality of life.
Schedule an appointment at our Queens Comprehensive Stroke Center
Whether you’ve survived a stroke or may be at risk of experiencing one, you can schedule an appointment for neuroendovascular screening, stroke rehabilitation, or any other form of stroke treatment you may need at Jamaica Hospital’s Queens Comprehensive Stroke Center now.
If you or a loved one experiences symptoms of a stroke, dial 911 immediately for emergency medical care.
Stroke Education Resources
What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is stopped or blocked. Brain cells start to die within a few minutes of a stroke. Problems related to a stroke may include weakness in an arm or leg, paralysis, and loss of speech, depending on the level and severity of the stroke. Immediate attention is important for someone having a stroke.
Diet and Nutrition
Eating healthy will help to avoid, or better control, diabetes, high cholesterol, weight, and hypertension. All of these factors directly impact your chances of experiencing a stroke. Special attention to diet and nutrition is especially important for people who have already experienced a stroke, as they are at an increased risk of future strokes.
Recommended Lifestyle Changes
The first stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a wake-up call, but after experiencing one, your risk of additional strokes increases. You can reduce your risk by quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, following a regular routine of diet and exercise, and reducing alcohol consumption.
Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation
Stroke can affect patients in a wide variety of ways. Some patients may not recognize they are experiencing a stroke, while others may become disabled and require the help of a breathing machine and a feeding tube. However, the majority of individuals who experience a stroke will be discharged with some degree of impaired motor function, language ability, physical coordination, or vision.