Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

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 third leading killer 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:

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. Complex 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 three hospitals in the New Jersey and to achieve this certification.

The AHA & ASA Gold Plus Award

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75% or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes in addition to achieving IV tPA door-to-needle times ≤ 60 minutes in 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients (minimum of 6) during one calendar quarter.

Click here to view The Stroke Center's 2013 Performance & Quality Measures.

What the Stroke Center Offers

  • Team consisting of neurologists, emergency medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, radiologists, speech pathologists, physical therapists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, EMTs and paramedics all trained in stroke care.
  • Brain Attack 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.
  • 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.

Meet Dr. James McKinney, RWJUH Comprehensive Stroke Center Medical Director

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 the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 12:30 p.m., at 10 Plum Street, 8th floor. For more information call Community Health Education at (732) 418-8110.

Careliving |
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 |
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 |
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.

Click for stroke related classes and events.

Stroke Care: Guardian Angel Saves Woman’s Life

Mrs. Bolstad, 68, simply loves angels and collects anything adorned with them: towels, art, drawings – even coffee mugs. In fact, it was a coffee mug with the angelic image of the Raphael painting, “Sistine Madonna,” that was her guardian when she suffered a serious stroke in October 2009. “I found her on the kitchen floor and I asked her if she lost something,” Mrs. Bolstad’s husband, Frank, recalled. “She couldn’t speak, but I noticed that she was holding that mug.”

“Angels may have saved my life that day,” Mrs. Bolstad added.

Because his wife still held the empty mug, he knew she had just risen from bed and entered the kitchen to get coffee. The mug gave Mr. Bolstad and doctors critical information they needed to determine that she was eligible to receive tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), a drug that is used to dissolve blood clots that cause strokes.

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Stroke Care: Guardian Angel Saves Woman’s Life