Stroke Program

About Us

Our stroke program provides for evidence-based care, including education, evaluation, and treatment to patients with signs and symptoms of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack. Deepak Vatti, MD, Chair of Emergency Services, supported by stroke coordinators and a stroke care committee, our stroke leadership team ensures that every patient receives the finest comprehensive stroke care.

Beyond the initial treatment, St. Joseph Hospital is committed to helping patients recover and regain functionality after suffering a stroke or a transient ischemic attack. This may involve rehabilitation services, as well as providing education and resources to help prevent future occurrences.

DNV Accreditation

St. Joseph Hospital has been recently recognized for its excellent care and treatment of stroke patients. We have proudly achieved this accreditation through the Primary Stroke Center Certification Program, which is overseen by DNV GL Healthcare, USA, Inc. This certification is no small feat, as it requires the hospital to meet strict guidelines set forth by multiple governing bodies.

For those patients experiencing a stroke, it means that they can rest assured that they are receiving the highest level of care possible. To achieve this accreditation, the hospital had to demonstrate that they have the resources, staff, and protocols in place to quickly diagnose strokes, as well as provide ongoing support to patients and their families.

Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines is a national program through the American Heart Association that ensures continuous quality improvement of acute stroke treatment and ischemic stroke prevention. It focuses on care team protocols to ensure that patients are treated and discharged appropriately. The goal of the program is to improve the overall quality of care for stroke patients by improving acute stroke treatment and preventing future strokes and cardiovascular events.

As part of its commitment to the community and in pursuit of clinical excellence, St. Joseph Hospital has refined its processes, protocols and systems, implementing changes on its pathway to becoming a Primary Stroke Center.

As a Get With The Guidelines stroke participating hospital, St. Joseph Hospital is continuing to develop a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke when patients are admitted to the Emergency Department.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

With a vast array of services and advanced treatments, Inpatient Rehabilitation at St. Joseph Hospital is regarded as one of the premier rehabilitation facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire. The stroke program focuses on helping patients to reach their highest level of function and independence, allowing them to return to their homes, communities, and jobs.

Our interdisciplinary team is comprised of highly trained professionals including, but not limited to:

Family involvement in therapy sessions, family conferences, and home visits are all crucial to achieving progress. A major focus of the team is a strong education program for patients and their families to reduce risk of reoccurrence of stroke and re-hospitalization.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

St. Joseph Hospital offers comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation services. Our primary goal is to assist our patients in achieving highest level of function, through skilled one-on-one therapy and utilization of the latest rehabilitation technologies.

Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic

Our Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic provides early stroke and transient ischemic attack assessment and care by performing the following:

  • Identifying causes of stroke/transient ischemic attack
  • Providing stroke/transient ischemic attack education to patients and families
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