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Advanced Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

Johnson City Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

The Advanced Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center at Johnson City Medical Center provides comprehensive stroke care for those at risk or suffering from vascular disorders of the brain and spine. We use the latest technologies to accurately diagnose and treat patients. Our physicians can perform minimally invasive stroke procedures. This means you get the most advanced treatment available, often with a shorter recovery time.

Treatments provided at the stroke center

  • Atherosclerotic disease in the head and neck
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Traumatic vascular dissections
  • Arteriovenous malformations

Stroke treatment outcomes

Our team works 24/7 to exceed national benchmarks for stroke care and treatment, resulting in better outcomes for our patients.

More information about the following procedures and treatments can be found here.

Number of tPA patients Door to Needle Average Month 2018
2 101.5 minutes June
4 59 minutes July
3 83.3 minutes August
Number of Thrombectomies Complications* Month 2018
5 0 June
8 0 July
9 1 August

*Complication rates national standards should be less than < 3 percent.

Number of Coilings Complications Month 2018
5 0 June
1 0 July
3 1 August
Number of Stents Complications Month 2018
2 0 June
2 0 July
1 0 August

 

Johnson City Medical Center has received the 2017 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Johnson City Medical Center follows treatment protocols based on the guidelines from several national organizations, including:


Our stroke care team includes our neuroendovascular surgeons, neurologists, vascular surgeons and neurosurgeons.


Meet our Neuroendovascular Surgeon

Samuel "Chip" Massey, MD

Meet our Neurologists

Tanzid Shams, MD

Stafford Conway, MD

 
 
 

When every minute counts, you need the best and you need it fast.

Listen to David’s story below.

 

David McGlamery, Stroke Survivor, Husband, Father, Cross-Fitter, Firefighter

Listen to more of our Life Saved videos featuring grateful stroke survivors and their stories about their experience and the treatment they received here at the Advanced Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center at Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC).

Common questions about stroke

What is a stroke?

A stroke, which can also be referred to as a brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke). The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients in order to function. Even if there is a brief interruption in blood supply it can still cause problems. Brain cells begin to die after just a few minutes without blood or oxygen due to both the physical and chemical changes that occur in the brain with stroke, damage can continue to occur for several days. Impairment of brain function occurs with the loss of brain cells. The impairment of brain function may include impaired ability with movement, speech, thinking and memory, bowel and bladder function, eating, emotional control,and other vital body functions. Recovery from stroke and the specific impaired ability depends on the size and location of the stroke. A small stroke may result in problems such as weakness in an arm or leg, whereas larger strokes may cause paralysis, loss of speech, or even death. 

What can I expect if I am having surgery?

You will be given specific instructions on the time to arrive at the hospital and where to check in. Once checked in you will be directed to a pre-operation area where you will change into a hospital gown, and you may get white stockings to wear to help prevent blood clots in your legs after surgery. Our endovascular nurses will talk with you about the type of anesthesia and pain medication you will be receiving, and an IV line will be placed in your arm for fluids and medicine throughout your surgery.

As with all surgeries, you will be asked to sign a standard consent form prior to surgery and your surgeon will discuss the specifics of any risks associated with your individual situation. If you have any questions prior to surgery, please do not hesitate to ask your doctor or any other member of your healthcare team.