Our Stroke Care Team

Sparks Stroke Team is the only in the region that provides complete neurovascular care and expertise. Our highly trained staff includes neurovascular neurologists, a vascular neurosurgeon and an interventional neuroradiologist, which means we can treat any stroke of any severity.

Duane L Birky MD
Jon Mark Gustafson MD
Shawn P Moore MD
Neurological Surgery
Clint Edwin Wood MD
Radiology - Neuroradiology

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Stroke is a serious condition that requires clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. 

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

The following are the most common symptoms of stroke. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

Risk Factors for Stroke

Many risk factors for stroke can be changed or managed, while others that relate to hereditary or natural processes cannot be changed.

Types of Stroke

Strokes can be classified into two main categories: strokes caused by blockage of an artery or a vein, and strokes caused by bleeding.

Effects of Stroke

When an area of the brain is damaged, which typically occurs with a stroke, an impairment may result. 

Treatment for Stroke

Although there is no cure for stroke once it has occurred, advanced medical and surgical treatments are now available.

Sparks Stroke Care

Description: http://www.sparkshealth.com/Resources/10242/FileRepository/DSC_0061.jpgSparks has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital follows national standards and guidelines published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association for stroke care. Less than 1% of all hospitals in the United States have received this certification.

Sparks has also been named a "Top Stroke Center" by the American Heart Association.

Sparks Receives Stroke Quality Award

The American Heart Association has awarded Sparks Regional Medical Center with the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award acknowledges the Sparks stroke care team’s success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment adhering to nationally accepted guidelines provided by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Learn more.

Why go to a Primary Stroke Center?

A Primary Stroke Center means you are in the best possible place for stroke care.

Your Primary Stroke Center at Sparks Regional Medical Center has met rigorous standards as established by The Joint Commission, in conjuction with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Primary Stroke Center certification designates hospitals with advanced technology, infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients of all ages with all types of strokes.

  • Prepared to treat all types of strokes quicker than non-certified hospitals
  • 24/7 stroke team access
  • Advanced imaging technology and protocols
  • Seamless integration with the ER

Think F.A.S.T.

F.A.S.T. is the easy way to remember the signs of a stroke. Know the signs and call 911 immediately.

Why Every Second Counts

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Each year, more than 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.

  • When you are having a stroke, a blockage or hemorrhage cuts off oxygen to part of the brain
  • Every second that goes by costs thousands of brain cells, which may or may not be recovered
  • Survival and degree of recovery depend on how quickly a precise diagnosis can be made and treatment can begin

The gold seal means you are in the right place

The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval means you are in the best possible place for stroke care. Learn more.

Sparks Health System Primary Stroke Center

Sparks Regional Medical Center is your Primary Stroke Center. This means we are certified by The Joint Commission to provide a higher level of stroke care which includes around-the-clock access to a specially trained stroke team and advanced imaging technology integrated throughout our ER. Our stroke team is able to diagnose and treat strokes of all types for patients of all ages faster and more comprehensively than non-certified hospitals.

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We offer Stroke Care Center care at 2 locations.