Comprehensive Stroke Center Care | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Comprehensive Stroke Care

The Louisville area’s most extensive comprehensive stroke care network, with Norton Brownsboro Hospital at its core, is ready around the clock to deliver lifesaving and brain-saving care by restoring blood flow to the brain when seconds count.

The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association have recognized Norton Brownsboro Hospital with the prestigious Comprehensive Stroke Center designation for providing the highest levels of care. Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital are designated Primary Stroke Centers, and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital is an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. The designations mean the facilities have achieved aggressive benchmarks to deliver improved outcomes for stroke patients.

The American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines stroke care program has recognized all four of Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals for exceeding national averages in getting patients in the door and administering lifesaving treatment to restore blood flow to the brain.

An emergency stroke team at each facility stands ready around-the-clock to combat stroke emergencies.

Norton Neuroscience Institute stays at the forefront of advanced care with the latest in clot-busting medications, minimally invasive clot-removing procedures and advanced imaging technology. Norton Neuroscience Institute neurologists and neurosurgeons are on the leading edge of advancements in studying potential new treatments in clinical research trials.

Recognized Leadership in Stroke Care

Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals each were awarded a 2020 American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines Stroke Care award.  Norton Brownsboro Hospital received the highest possible award — Gold Plus.

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Stroke Recovery

Our team offers comprehensive care as you recover from stroke. Our providers specialize in diagnosing the cause of your stroke and managing your recovery to help prevent another stroke.

Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center is the area’s only center dedicated to helping you and your family navigate your lives after a stroke. The Norton Healthcare Foundation funds this important service, so patients don’t need to pay.

Dedicated patient navigators can help with transportation, schedule follow-up appointments and confirm that you can afford prescriptions. We provide support groups and exercise classes, develop customized diet plans and offer help with issues such as access to disability assistance, housing, and financial and employment advice.

Symptoms of Stroke — BE FAST*

  • Balance — loss of balance, coordination or dizziness
  • Eyes — having trouble seeing or change in vision in one or both eyes
  • Face — uneven smile or face looks uneven, droopy or is numb
  • Arms — one arm drops when raising both arms; numbness or weakness in one arm
  • Speech — trouble speaking; slurred or difficult speech
  • Time — Note the time when symptoms start: Time lost equals brain lost.

*Adapted from Intermountain Healthcare. BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. Copyright 2011, Intermountain Healthcare.

Care That’s Focused on You

  • We operate Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center — the area’s only center dedicated to helping you and your family navigate your lives after a stroke. The Norton Healthcare Foundation funds this important service, so patients don’t need to pay.
  • We have dedicated patient navigators who can help with transportation, schedule follow-up appointments and confirm that you can afford prescriptions.
  • We provide support groups and exercise classes, develop customized diet plans and can help with issues such as access to disability assistance, housing, and financial and employment advice.
  • At Norton Neuroscience Institute, we want to help you get better and well as prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Get help quitting smoking and learn the signs of stroke at Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

About Norton Neuroscience Institute

More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek treatment from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized neurologists and neurosurgeons than any other provider in the area.

  • We have more than 60 medical, surgical and research specialists dedicated to providing innovative care to those with brain, spine and nervous system conditions.
  • We use advanced minimally invasive neurosurgery equipment that speeds your recovery and minimizes pain.
  • Our multidisciplinary clinics offer easy access to specialists in oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics,  and behavioral health.
  • Norton Healthcare has the largest network of accredited stroke centers in the area.
    • Norton Brownsboro Hospital’s designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and American Stroke Association represents the highest level of care.
    • The Joint Commission also certified Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital as Primary Stroke Centers and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and managing their disease.
  • We are nationally recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a Top 100 neurosurgery and spine program.
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