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The Stroke Center at 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 & awards include:

Stroke Awards 2017

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. To date, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is one of seven hospitals in New Jersey and to achieve this certification.

The AHA & ASA Gold Plus Award

Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program helps ensure consistent application of the most recent scientific guidelines for patient treatment. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has received the 2016 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association for its commitment to, and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. "Gold Plus" is the highest level of recognition possible. It recognizes consistent adherence to stroke quality measures over the course of at least 24 consecutive months.

Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Status
This award recognizes that over the most recent 12-month review period, 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 also had 50% of all eligible stroke patients receive the clot-busting medication (tPA) within 45 minutes.

Click here to view The Stroke Center's 2016 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.

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 bimonthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 12:30 p.m., at the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center in the Community Room. For more information call Community Health Education at (732) 937-8820 or Dori Saler at 732-937-8655.

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 bimonthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center. For more questions please contact the Community Education Department at 732-937-8820.

Careliving | careliving.stroke.org
Careliving Community is a social network designed exclusively for caregivers and family members of stroke survivors. In this free private space, you will be able to connect, support one another, share advice and swap stories through a discussion forum. Topic-specific blogs will be regularly posted by fellow caregivers.

Community Stroke Education

National Stroke Association | www.stroke.org
National Stroke Association's mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.

American Stroke Association | www.strokeassociation.org
Created in 1997, the American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors.

Bridgewater man saved by co-worker and stroke campaign

Read 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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Mark Czajkowski