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 May 2013, St. Anthony’s Stroke Program earned two awards from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

  • The program was honored with a Get With The Guidelines—Stroke Silver-Plus award for its commitment to quality care, by achieving 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or greater adherence with all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Achievement Indicators, and 12 consecutive months of 75 percent or greater adherence with five or more Get With The Guidelines stroke quality indicators to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes.
  • The program also has earned placement on the association’s Target Stroke Honor Roll, for its “door to needle time,” or the time from when a patient first enters the hospital until a clot-busting drug known as tPA is administered, of 60 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of stroke patients receiving treatment.


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