Award-winning stroke care in Aurora, Colorado

The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) is a Primary Stroke Center, one of eight in Colorado. This certification demonstrates our excellence in stroke care. At TMCA, our comprehensive stroke care includes:

  • Stroke alert program
  • 24/7 on-call neurology coverage
  • 24/7 neurosurgical services for hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke patients
  • A specially trained skull-base neurosurgeon specializing in cerebrovascular services, including aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations
  • Interventional neuroradiology services
  • Stroke support group
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • AirLife Denver for rapid transport to our medical center

Advanced stroke care

TMCA is equipped with Remote Presence Robotics, the latest in stroke care technology. This means patients with stroke symptoms who arrive at our ER can be assessed almost instantaneously by neurologists specializing in stroke. As a result, emergency physicians can treat stroke patients in our ER more quickly, reducing or eliminating long-term stroke impacts on our patients.

Recognition


2018 Get with the Guidelines Stroke - Target: Stroke Honor Rool Edlit Plus Gold Plus awarded by The American Heart Assocation and the Amercian Stroke Association

Best Regional Hospitals for Denver, CO - Recognized in 5 types of care for 2018-19 awarded by U.S. News & World Report

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

What is a stroke?

Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing brain tissue damage and loss. Stroke symptoms usually happen suddenly and can include:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please call 9-1-1.

Stroke alert program

TMCA developed a stroke alert program to provide better care for stroke patients. A specially trained stroke response team works closely with our emergency service providers. Together, they quickly and appropriately identify and treat strokes. The designated team immediately:

  • Reviews of symptoms
  • Determines time of onset of the symptoms
  • Determines possible contributing risk factors
  • Performs CT scan in the ER
  • Provides in-person or telemedicine neurology evaluation

If time of onset is less than four and a half hours, the patient might be eligible for a clot-buster drug called tPA (tissue plasminogen activator). This drug dissolves the existing clot and restores blood flow to the affected area of the brain. The patient must meet certain criteria to receive this drug, including, but not limited to:

  • No recent history of surgery or stroke
  • No current or recent significant bleeding
  • PT/INR blood levels must be within defined parameters to reduce risk of bleeding
  • Blood sugar level between 60 and 400
  • 18 years old or older
  • Benefits must outweigh risks
  • Patient and family consent

Stroke support group

The Rocky Mountain stroke support group at TMCA is one of the largest stroke support groups in the metro Denver area. The group fosters physical and emotional healing after a stroke. Facilitated by a registered nurse, this group provides support, socialization and education on topics such as:

  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Activity
  • Community resources

The group meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at TMCA. For more information, please call (303) 594-6897.