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If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, you might think that just getting to the hospital is all you need to worry about. And that’s partially true – immediate, or "acute” treatment (within the first 3 hours) is crucial. It identifies the location and severity of the stroke, and it greatly improves the patient’s chance of survival.

But beyond that, there are actually different levels of care available to stroke patients depending on the facility and its individual capabilities. One such distinction is a Primary Stroke Center.

What is a Sentara Primary Stroke Center?
A Primary Stroke Center is a facility that has been certified to provide highly specialized care to stroke patients via a dedicated team that’s activated immediately to diagnose and treat patients the second they arrive in the ER. To be classified this way, a hospital needs to meet certain qualifications, such as: 

 Access to brain surgeons and neurological services 
 24-houraccess to MRI or CT scan capabilities 
 Additional, specialized stroke training for emergency personnel 
 An acute stroke team must be available around the clock

But why does that matter to you? It that matters because with stroke treatment, time is of the essence. Every second counts. So being at a Primary Stroke Center provides a patient with a higher level of diagnosis and treatment that could make all the difference.

At Sentara, all of our hospitals in Hampton Roads are Sentara Primary Stroke Centers and accredited by the DNVHC (Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc). This means that Sentara demonstrated exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Our emergency room physicians team up with neurologists and an interventional neuro radiologist, board-certified and specialty trained in neurovascular disease, to quickly assess and treat acute stroke symptoms and emergency neurology care.

As a result, improved clinical outcomes result from accurate speedy assessments and administering of tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) treatment on ischemic attacks. The experience of our Sentara specialists serve to directly minimize neurological damage and mortality risks - in effect preserving proper nervous system functions.  

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital conducts neurosurgical research and cares for patients with a variety of neuroscience-related diseases and disorders including:

 Acoustic Neuroma
 Brain Tumors - Awake Craniotomy
 Carpal Tunnel Surgery
 Epilepsy monitoring
 Epilepsy Monitoring and Surgery
 GDC Coils
 Head Trauma
 Intervention Neuro Radiology
 Pain Management
 Pallidotomy Surgery
 Sleep Disorders Center
 Spinal Surgery – Complex, Simple, Trauma, Tumors and Artificial Disc
 Thalamotomy Surgery

Diagnostic Services
 Transcranial Doppler Studies
 Carotid Doppler Studies
 Evoked Potentials
 Functional Cortical Mapping
 Mobile PET Scan
 Sleep Studies

Educational Materials
Available by calling Sentara Neurosciences at 1-877-310-8713

 Acoustic Neuroma
 Alzheimer’s Disease
 Brain Tumor
 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
 Head Trauma
 Multiple Sclerosis
 Myasthenia Gravis
 Pain Management
 Parkinson’s Disease
 Sleep Disorders
 Spinal Injury

Clinical Units
 Acute Neuroscience Unit
 Acute Rehabilitation – Inpatient Unit
 Day Rehabilitation
 Designated Neurosurgical Operating Rooms
 Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
 Intensive Care Unit
 Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
 Neuroscience Medical/Surgical Floor
 Sleep Disorders Center
 Stroke Unit

Visiting Hours
General: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Neurointensive Care Unit: 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Neuroscience Contact Numbers

Day Rehabilitation
(757) 388-3663

EEG Department
(757) 388-3848


Intensive Care Unit
(577) 388-3681

Peripheral Vascular Lab
(757) 388-3053

Rehabilitative Services Inpatient Unit
(757) 388-3053

Sentara Epilepsy Program
(757) 388-3127

Sentara Neuroscience Program

Sleep Disorders Center
(757) 388-3322

Please visit Sentara Neurosciences for additional information. 

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