RWJ Rahway Named Primary Stroke Center

RAHWAY — Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway announced this week that the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has designated the hospital a Primary Stroke Center.

“Stroke is a leading killer in New Jersey. Survival, and the lessening of stroke-related disabilities, are all determined by how fast you can treat someone having a stroke. This designation ensures RWJ Rahway meets rigorous standards and is well-equipped to treat stroke patients quickly and effectively,” said RWJ Rahway President and Chief Executive Officer Kirk Tice.


Now designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the state, RWJ Rahway provides the following patient care and support services to ensure optimal care:

  • An acute stroke team that responds to a patient’s bedside within 15 minutes of arrival or identification of a stroke incident.
  • Neurology and Emergency Department personnel trained in the latest treatments of stroke.
  • Telemetry or critical care beds staffed by physicians and nurses trained in caring for acute stroke patients.
  • Neurosurgical services within two hours either at RWJ Rahway or through a partner agreement with a comprehensive stroke center.
  • 24/7 lab services within 45 minutes of order and 24/7 neuro-imaging services able to perform studies within 20 minutes of order
  • Acute care rehab services
  • Transfer agreements with a comprehensive stroke center for treatment of complex stroke.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting more than 700,000 Americans each year. On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of stroke.

Stroke is a type of vascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It can be caused either by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain or by a blood vessel rupturing and causing bleeding to the brain.

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