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Stroke Program

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital are Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Centers. We offer a full continuum of stroke care - from diagnosis in our Emergency Departments, to caring for stroke patients in the Neurosciences department, WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital, and outpatient facilities.

Tools & Resources for Understanding Stroke

Our stroke care team has compiled these tools and resources to help you better understand and cope with the impacts of stroke.

Why Treatment at a Primary Stroke Center is Important

Having two Primary Stroke Centers truly validates that WakeMed's processes and procedures work to get stroke patients the care they need as quickly as possible and challenges us to seek continuous improvement opportunities.

The Stroke Program provides a comprehensive approach to stroke prevention and management that includes:

  • Collaboration with EMS to facilitate rapid assessment and transport to the hospital for intervention.
  • A team approach that minimizes time from arrival to administration of thrombolytics.
  • Neuroradiologists for interpretation of imaging for stroke and cerebrovascular pathology,
  • Neurology coverage 24 hours per day and seven days per week for evaluation and treatment of acute stroke patients.
  • Availability of neurosurgery coverage 24 hours per day and seven days per week for cases requiring surgery to repair leaking arteries or for brain decompression.
  • Neuro intensive care unit for optimization of care for patients with severe strokes.
  • Nursing staff skilled in assessment and care of the stroke patient.
  • A designated nursing unit for the care of patients with neurological and neurosurgical diagnoses including stroke.
  • Interdisciplinary care planning involving physicians, nurses, case managers, a multidisciplinary team of therapists, and other ancillary services such as nutritionist consultation and pastoral care, with evidence based practice guidelines as its basis.
  • Comprehensive post discharge rehabilitation services through referral to WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital. View our Rehab Hospital stroke program outcomes.
  • Internal quality improvement activities with benchmarks against regional and national performance.
  • Continuing education related to cerebrovascular disease, its prevention and management, for stroke team members, physicians, and hospital staff.
  • Public education and awareness programs that focus on risk factor reduction for stroke prevention, early recognition of signs and symptoms of stroke, and the importance of seeking medical help quickly by calling 911.
  • Community Stroke Support Groups 


  • Balance

    Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance?

  • Eyes

    Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

  • Face

    Does the face look uneven or drift down?

  • Arm

    Does one arm drift down?

  • Speech

    Does the person's speech sound strange?

  • Time

    If you observe any of these signs, it is time
    to call 9-1-1. 

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.

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