Comprehensive Stroke Care

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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.

DNV healthcare has recognized Norton Brownsboro Hospital with the prestigious Comprehensive Stroke Center designation for providing the highest levels of care. Additionally, The Joint Commission and American Stroke Association have recognized 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.

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

It’s part of Norton Neuroscience Institute’s goal to care for the whole person, not just the condition.

  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Centers offer ways to improve your access to care, provide valuable information on managing your disease and address your quality of life issues. The Norton Healthcare Foundation funds this important service, so patients don’t need to pay.
  • Dedicated patient navigators provide assistance securing transportation to and from Norton Healthcare facilities, schedule follow-up appointments, coordinate prescription assistance, create customized diet plans and provide guidance on disability benefits, housing, financial and employment concerns and more.
  • Patients can access support groups, exercise classes and other educational events to connect with others and learn how to make the most of life while managing a neurological condition. 
  • Access an on-demand video library of educational content across a variety of condition related topics is available.
  • We want to help prevent illness. Get help quitting smoking and learn the signs of stroke.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

A Louisville Leader in Neurological Care

More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek their neurology and neurosurgery care from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized specialists than any other providers in the area.

Your Norton Neuroscience Institute medical provider has the expertise, experience, diagnostic tools and sophisticated treatments to provide care tailored to your needs.

  • More than 75 medical, surgical and research specialists are dedicated to providing innovative care to those with brain, spine and nervous system conditions.
  • Advanced, minimally invasive neurosurgery equipment can speed your recovery and minimize pain.
  • Multidisciplinary clinics provide easy access to care in one convenient appointment for your neurological condition, with specialists in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics and behavioral health.
  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult service hospitals in Louisville are certified by DNV Healthcare, representing the highest level of stroke care.
    • Norton Brownsboro Hospital is recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
    • Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital are Primary Stroke Centers.
    • Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital is an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute’s multiple sclerosis (MS) program has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has recognized Norton Neuroscience Institute as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, providing the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and ways to manage their disease.
  • We are listed by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 100 great neurosurgery and spine programs.

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