The Stroke Program


In August 2009, the Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute at Cottage Health System became the first facility between Los Angeles and San Jose to achieve Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission, demonstrating a solid commitment to meeting or exceeding national standards and guidelines for improving stroke outcomes.



The Joint Commission's primary stroke center certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association.  It is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers."


What does it mean to be certified as a
Primary Stroke Center?


Free Stroke Education Events >>

SBCH Recieves American Stroke Association Gold Plus Quality Award


    Compliance with consensus-based national standards
    Effective use of primary stroke center recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care.
    Evaluating ways to improve Performance and clinical practice, thereby improving patient care


"We want to make sure we're doing what's best for patients, and adhering to The Joint Commission's stroke care criteria is in everyone's best interest," says Philip Delio, MD, stroke neurologist and medical director of the stroke program.

The Stroke Team at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital:

Stroke Coordinator Karla Payne, BSN, RN;
Stroke Neurologist and Medical Director Dr. Phil Delio;
Neurosciences Clinical Manager Lorie Loomis, BSN, RN;
Neurosciences Clinical Nurse Specialist Laura Canfield



Dr. Philip Delio
discusses what you should
know >>

Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke Program key features:

  Comprehensive multi-disciplinary team approach to care
  Evidence based practice care coupled with the latest advancements in treatment modalities
  Commitment to improving the quality of life for our patients
  Resource for emotional support of families
  Community education and prevention:

  Stroke awareness campaign, including personal medical screenings, radio, TV, and print media education


To learn more about the stroke program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, contact us at  or (805) 682-7111. 




Health Information


Online Stroke Center


Learn the Facts about Stroke


Stroke Risk Scorecard


Additional Resources

  Cancer Center of Santa Barbara


American Heart Association


National Stroke Association


American Association of Neurological Surgeons


Congress of Neurological Surgeons


Society of Neurointerventional Surgery


American Neurological Association