Comprehensive Stroke Center

Rhode Island Hospital

The Only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. We provide care to more than 1,700 patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) annually in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

Comprehensive Stroke Centers demonstrate the ability to evaluate and treat the most complex stroke cases and provide comprehensive services focused on acute management, risk factor modification, and recovery.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital cares for patients in a state-of-the-art setting with access to the latest treatment and technology.


Wake-Up Stroke Protocol

Rhode Island Hospital's Shadi Yaghi, MD has developed a "wake-up stroke" protocol that saves lives.

What's a Comprehensive Stroke Center?

Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as health care leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care. Such centers require major clinical services compared to primary stroke centers, the hospital’s previous designation.

These advanced services include:

  • Dedicated stroke neurological clinicians
  • A dedicated neurological intensive care unit
  • Vascular neurosurgery for aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations
  • Vascular neurosurgery and vascular surgery for carotid endarterectomy
  • A 20-bed inpatient unit that is entirely dedicated to neurological care
  • Interventional neuroradiology for endovascular intracranial procedures
  • An emergency department which serves as the gateway to the stroke center, and includes a dedicated transient ischemic attack (TIA) unit for patients with a high risk of impending stroke
  • An inpatient rehabilitation unit for patients recovering from neurological disease or injury
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery for intracranial vascular lesions not amenable to surgical resection
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What to Do in the Event of a Stroke

All stroke symptoms are sudden. Do not ignore symptoms even if they go away.

  1. Call 911. Care can begin as soon as the ambulance arrives.
  2. Check the time so you'll know when the stroke started.
  3. On the ambulance, and again at the hospital, say, “I think I’m having a stroke.”

Rhode Island Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center Recognized

Our greatest reward is caring for our patients. That’s why we’re committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for four consecutive calendar years.

In addition, we have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (at least 5 out of 8 stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.

Rhode Island Hospital AHA stroke award 2023

Our Greatest Reward Is Caring for Our Patients

Comprehensive stroke centers evaluate and treat the most complex stroke cases and provide comprehensive services focused on acute management, risk factor modification, and recovery.

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Research and Clinical Trials

Learn more about the innovative stroke research and current clinical trials at the Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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Keeping Faith in Stride

Her name is Faith. And after surviving two aneurysms, it fits.

Lifespan Locations

Over 1,620 hospitals and clinics throughout Rhode Island, here are some featured locations: