The Stroke Center at RWJUH New Brunswick Campus

If you experience any stroke warning signs or recognize them in someone else - don't delay. DIAL 911 immediately. Treatment can be more effective if given quickly. Every second counts.

About Stroke

Stroke is the nation's fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability.

There are two types of stroke:

  • Ischemic: interruption of blood flow caused by a clot
  • Hemorrhagic: blood vessel ruptures, causing blood to leak into the brain

Stroke damage can be minimized and even reversed depending on how soon you get help. Both the treatment and where you choose to receive care can lead to better overall outcomes and recovery after stroke. Like a heart attack, a stroke is a medical emergency and EVERY SECOND COUNTS!

About the Stroke Center

The designated Stroke Center at RWJUH provides patients with rapid diagnosis and treatment, specialized inpatient care, access to clinical research through our relationship with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, discharge planning, and post-hospitalization follow-up care. Our accreditations and awards include:

Stroke Awards 2019

RWJUH Stroke Center Awards

The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

The Stroke Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association as meeting The Joint Commission's standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, which means it is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care.

The AHA & ASA Gold Plus Award

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association for 2 consecutive calendar years. In addition, this hospital has demonstrated 75 percent or higher compliance with 7 of 10 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Status

This award recognizes that over the most recent 12-month review period (2018), at least 75 percent of all eligible ischemic stroke patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital received the important clot-busting drug known as intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, and achieved a door-to-needle Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy within 45 minutes in 50 percent of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

The Stroke Center's 2018 Performance and Quality Measures

What the Stroke Center Offers

  • Team consisting of neurologists, neurointensivist, emergency medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, radiologists, speech pathologists, physical therapists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, EMTs and paramedics all trained in stroke care.
  • Code Stroke Response Team accessible 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week in the Emergency Department, able to quickly diagnose and treat stroke. Team also includes radiologist, neuroradiologist, CT technicians and pharmacist.
  • Neuroradiologists, interventional neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
  • Rapid administration of the clot-busting drug, t-PA, for acute ischemic stroke.
  • Endovascular approaches available such as carotid stenting, intracranial stenting, angioplasty, aneurysm coiling and Pipeline..
  • 29-bed stroke unit equipped with monitoring telemetry and step-down beds. On-site rehabilitation department. Nursing staff specially trained in providing care for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Round-the-clock neuroimaging technology. Latest diagnostic technology including rapidly available computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), PET, SPECT, conventional angiography, ultrasound, transcranial Doppler, and neurointervention.
  • Ongoing educational services for all levels of health care professionals.
  • Research. Clinicians in the stroke center are active in ongoing clinical research and collaborate with scientists from many and varied disciplines to determine why strokes occur, who is at risk for stroke, how best to diagnose and evaluate a stroke patient, what is the best management and how can recovery be stimulated.

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Support Groups

RWJUH Stroke Club Support Group
This group is for education and support of people who are stroke survivors and their families and caregivers, to help one another, and help themselves in the process. The group is a chance to share information and experiences related to living with a stroke. The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at RWJ University Hospital - New Brunswick, 2nd Floor, Small Private Dining Room (use Main Lobby elevators). For more information call Community Health Education at 732.937.8820 or Florence Chukwuneke at 908.442.6555.

NJ Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group
Brain Aneurysm patients and their family members can meet with their peers and participate in open discussions on managing daily activities including:

  • Healthy living
  • Faith and spiritual healing
  • Nutrition and exercise

This is also your opportunity to reconnect with your caregivers from EMS/9-1-1 operators to ED staff, physicians and nurses.

The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month of alternate months at 6:00 p.m. at the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center. For more questions please contact the Community Education Department at 732.937.8820.

American Stroke Association Support Network

The American Stroke Association provides several fora for survivors of different types of strokes to connect. It also has a location finder to help you find support groups near you.

Community Stroke Education

American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke. It funds scientific research, helps people better understand and avoid stroke, encourages government support, guides healthcare professionals and provides information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors. It is a division of the American Heart Association.

Bridgewater man saved by co-worker and stroke campaign

Mark CzajkowskiRead about how a stroke education campaign and telestroke technology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) helped save the life of Bridgewater resident Mark Czajkowski.

Ron Walker, a construction supervisor at RWJUH, shares his amazing story about how stroke awareness signs displayed near hospital elevators helped him recognize that Mark was having a stroke when he attempted to call in sick one day. The quick action of Ron and Mark’s wife helped save Mark’s life.

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