Neuroscience & Stroke

Stroke Center

St. Anthony's is a Level 1 Stroke Center

At St. Anthony's Medical Center, we don’t want you to be among the thousands each year who suffer the deadly or debilitating effects of a stroke because they didn't seek immediate treatment at the closest hospital when symptoms started. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke – and acting quickly – can greatly affect your chances of survival and your level of recovery.


In June 2016, St. Anthony’s Stroke Program was awarded two honors – the highest achievable for stroke care – from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association:

A Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus for its success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke is the American Heart Association’s collaborative quality improvement program, demonstrated to improve adherence to evidence-based care of patients hospitalized with stroke. The Gold Plus award recognizes that for 24 consecutive months, the medical center has reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. In addition, the hospital has demonstrated 75 percent compliance (seven out of ten stroke quality measures) during the two-year period.

Target: Stroke Honor Roll is a national quality improvement initiative focused on reducing door-to-needle times for eligible patients being treated with the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA,the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. To be included on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus, St. Anthony’s met quality measures that included getting 75 percent or more of its acute ischemic stroke patients to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes; and treating 50 percent or more of its stroke patients with intravenous tPA within 45 minutes of entering the hospital.


St. Anthony’s is one of the few hospitals in the St. Louis area to be certified as a Level 1 Stroke Center, the highest level of stroke care available as accredited by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. When Missouri’s new Stroke Center designations began in 2015, St. Anthony’s was one of only five hospitals in the St. Louis area and one of ten hospitals in Missouri to be named a Level 1 Stroke Center. It means we have the expertise and technological resources to quickly diagnose and treat any type of stroke within one hour of arrival. Speed is critical. For the best outcomes, most stroke patients must be treated within three hours after a stroke has occurred.

Stroke Team

Our stroke team of medical and nursing experts stands ready with advanced imaging technology and treatment options to give you or someone you love the best chance for survival and recovery. The team includes:

  • board-certified neurologists on call 24/7
  • specially trained nurses on call 24/7
  • neurosurgeons
  • neurologists
  • interventional radiologists
  • physiatrists
  • emergency physicians
  • emergency nurses

Upon diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke, interventions offered include:

  • Intravenous thrombolysis (clot-busters delivered through the veins)
  • Intra-arterial interventions (clot-busters delivered directly into the occluded artery via a micro-catheter)
  • Angioplasty and/or stenting of partially obstructed pre-cerebral arteries
  • Mechanical thrombectomy (removal of obstruction in cerebral artery using a clot-snaring device)
  • A full range of neurodiagnostic and rehabilitation services