Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability in adults.  More than 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year and there are 4.5 million stroke survivors alive today. The innovation and implementation of new diagnostic technologies, advanced treatment techniques and improved management of stroke risk factors have created new hope for persons who have had a stroke or who are at risk of having a stroke. 

The Community Regional Medical Center Stroke Program is the first of its kind in the Central Valley. Covering a catchment area of over 15,000 square miles between Sacramento and Bakersfield.  Providing stroke care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating strokes and offering the latest treatment options.  Care is coordinated from the first point of contact with the patient throughout the admission and extends to outpatient services and rehabilitation.  The stroke center has been certified three times by the Joint Commission.

Dr. Tanya C. Warwick, Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Community Regional Medical Center, has brought together a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, neuroradiologists, emergency physicians, cardiologists and physiatrists who focus on comprehensive stroke management.  While many centers are concerned mainly with managing acute stroke, the Stroke Program’s state-of-the-art acute stroke management focuses on aggressive prevention of future stroke with a combination of medications and changes in lifestyle.  By decreasing the risks for stroke, the program improves the quality of life and helps give peace of mind.

The Stroke Program at CRMC also offers specialized nursing care for stroke patients.  All of our nurses receive specialty training in stroke care and are NIH Stroke Scale Certified.  The program ensures quality care by participating in the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) through the American Heart Association. Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) is an evidence-based program for in-hospital quality improvement.  It puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals, helping to ensure that the care they provide to coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines.