Norwalk Hospital receives national recognition for stroke services

Norwalk Hospital provides high-quality stroke care to patients, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

photo: Norwalk Hospital (Nuvance Health/contributed)

NORWALK, Connecticut, August 1, 2023 — Nuvance Health’s Norwalk Hospital has achieved a Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Award, Stroke Elite Honor Roll and Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. The award reflects Norwalk Hospital’s commitment to providing stroke patients with lifesaving care by following nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines.

“Norwalk Hospital has been a stroke center for more than 20 years. I am proud to work with a team that still strives to innovate and improve stroke care for our community,” said Dr. Daryl Story, neurology section chief and stroke director at Norwalk Hospital. “We are dedicated to advancing our skills, technology and processes for stroke care, which is demonstrated by the latest American Heart Association recognition.”

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of serious disability for adults. Rapid and accurate diagnosis and treatment of stroke are critical because time is brain when it comes to this medical emergency.

“At Nuvance Health, highly trained multispecialty care teams quickly identify and treat stroke to minimize a patient’s risk of permanent disability or death,” said Dr. Paul Wright, senior vice president and system chair of the Nuvance Health Neuroscience Institute. “I extend my deepest gratitude for their teamwork and dedication to ensure our stroke patients have the best possible outcomes.”

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“We are very proud of everyone and their commitment to rapid stroke evaluation, treatment and compassionate care for our patients,” said Aimee Derry, vice president of the Nuvance Health Neuroscience Institute. “The Greater Norwalk community can count on Norwalk Hospital to continue advancing stroke care for them.”

Emergency medical services (EMS), emergency medicine, radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, critical and intensive care and neuro-rehabilitation specialists follow proven guidelines and use the latest technology.

Stroke care teams also provide education and resources for patients so they can effectively manage their recovery. They also provide resources for caregivers to support their loved ones after having a stroke.

Norwalk Hospital also has Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission for endovascular treatment and management of ischemic stroke.

Endovascular neurosurgeons use a biplane angiography system to treat ischemic stroke with a mechanical thrombectomy procedure. An ischemic stroke happens when a blood clot blocks the oxygen-rich blood supply to the brain. During a mechanical thrombectomy, an endovascular neurosurgeon uses x-ray guidance to lead a catheter through an artery in the groin or wrist, up the aorta and into the brain to remove the clot and restore blood flow.

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