Stroke Center

Stroke Program


Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) is a Primary Stroke Center which allows us to provide aggressive, proven treatment to minimize the effects of a stroke and prevent further brain damage. Embracing the mission of “Enhancing Life”, Jersey City Medical Center continues to improve the quality of care provided to patients suffering from a stroke or TIA. Using a team approach, care is planned through the acute phase of a stroke while designing an individualized rehabilitation program. Jersey City Medical Center has received the prestigious American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the 7th consecutive year. The award recognizes the organization’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence based guidelines.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Once a stroke has occurred, time is critical. Within minutes, brain tissue can be damaged and can lead to serious, long-term disability or death. In an effort to prevent strokes from occurring, members of the Stroke Department have gone out into the community offering stroke education programs that focus on stroke recognition and prevention. In addition the Stroke Program Coordinator has teamed up with the Diabetic Educator to offer Diabetic and Cardiovascular teaching at the hospital during evening hours to local community members.

As a Primary Stroke Center, Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) provides:

  • An acute stroke team available 24/7, which includes physicians experienced in diagnosing and treating strokes.

  • Coordination of Emergency Medical Service personnel with our Emergency Room (Department) staff in pre-hospital notification of all patients with stroke-like symptoms.

  • Emergency Room staff trained in identifying the signs of stroke, making a diagnosis and providing quick intervention.

  • A dedicated Stroke Unit for specialized inpatient care and monitoring which assists in providing our patients with excellent stroke care.

  • On-going continuing education for all stroke team staff members in care of the stroke patient.

  • Health care professionals qualified to recognize and treat patients with stroke or stroke-like symptoms.

  • Rehabilitation services for physical, occupational and speech therapies.

For more information about Stroke services at Jersey City Medical Center, please call (201) 915-2000 ext. 3518.