Each year, roughly 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s fifth leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes.

When a stroke occurs, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. And when seconds count, you want to go to a hospital close to home with high-quality care you can trust — the Bob Smittcamp Family Neuroscience Institute at Community Regional Medical Center.

Primary Stroke Center

The Joint Commission gold sealCommunity Regional was the first hospital in the Valley to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center, earning the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission.

This certification reflects the commitment to front-line stroke care in central California, and is critical because it means patients can count on Community Regional to deliver the highest level of stroke care across the continuum of care.

Also, our committed team of highly competent staff leads efforts in achieving and maintaining this unique designation.



What Does This Mean For You?

  • ‚ÄčNeurointerventional treatment available.

  • Communication between the ambulance team and the hospital is in place before you arrive to the Emergency Department.

  • Dedicated Stroke Team of highly skilled medical professionals — including emergency doctors, surgeons, neurologists, neurointerventionalists, nurses, therapists, laboratory and pharmacy staff, and radiologists — are specially trained to respond quickly.

  • Evaluation and treatment using a uniform and extensive set of guidelines that address both emergency treatment and ongoing care.

  • A head CT scan or brain MRI scan can be performed and interpreted within 45 minutes of being admitted.

  • A medical laboratory is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to analyze and provide test results in a timely manner.

  • In case of ischemic stroke (80 percent of stroke cases), prompt administration of thrombolytic medication (intravenous thrombolysis) to break up the clot, restoring blood flow to the brain.

  • Stroke rehabilitation offered immediately after hospitalization to improve long-term outcomes and decrease stroke-related complications.

  • Ongoing acute care to improve your quality of life.

  • Neurointensivist physicians available.