Scripps is San Diego’s leader in stroke prevention, life-saving stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation. All five Scripps Health hospital campuses have earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for delivering high-quality, life-saving stroke care. The awards, which are part of the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines stroke program, recognize hospitals across the United States that consistently comply with patient management quality measures.
In addition, The Joint Commission has certified four Scripps campuses with emergency rooms disease specific stroke centers; Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista are designated Primary Stroke Centers. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center. These certifications recognize organizations that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. It signifies that our hospitals have all the critical elements in place to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes after stroke.
A stroke happens when a blood vessel that provides oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked or ruptures. Without oxygen, brain cells start to die within minutes. The severity of a stroke depends on where the blood flow is blocked, and how many brain cells are affected.
According to the American Heart Association, in the United States someone has a stroke about every 40 seconds. It accounts for 1 of every 19 deaths and is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.