Together, this team focused on the continuum of care for stroke patients – from outreach education, to emergency intervention, to the acute patient care stay, then onto rehabilitation and finally back to the community.
“The Advanced JC Stroke Certification is just one in a series of steps that Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is undertaking in its development of its Neuroscience Institute. The institute will embody best practice, state of the art equipment, research and physician expertise in the pursuit of the highest patient outcomes possible for neuro patients,” said Gary Milgram, service line director for neuroscience at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
In addition to its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers distinction, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital also offers the only neuroendovascular surgeon and the only critical care neuro intensivist on the Central Coast. These physicians work with a specialized medical team to offer the highest level of care and state-of-the-art technology.
Stroke is the second leading cause of death in Santa Barbara County, according to Santa Barbara County Public Health statistics. Stroke is the number one leading cause of disability in the United States.
“Eighty percent of strokes are preventable,” said Zarith Alvarado, stroke coordinator at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. “Education is the key. People need to know their risk factors for stroke so they can do something about it.”