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Stroke Care and Rehabilitation

Stroke is one of the nation’s leading causes of death and a major cause of serious, long-term disability. Desert Care Network’s three-hospital system can provide care close to your home when every minute counts.

Desert Care Network is home to our area’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center, headquartered at Desert Regional Medical Center. JFK Memorial Hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center and Hi-Desert Medical Center is connected via tele-medicine to doctors who can provide quick diagnosis and start medication to treat the blood clots that cause most strokes. When more advanced care is needed, our doctors can rapidly transfer patients directly to Desert Regional, which provides 24-hour access to some of the latest interventional technologies in stroke care. In addition to targeting blood clots, our neuro-critical care specialists can use minimally invasive techniques to treat bleeding in the brain – which is the second major cause of stroke.

When it comes to stroke, doctors tell us that “time is brain.” The hospitals of Desert Care Network are dedicated to providing quick diagnosis and treatment of stroke in order to minimize disability and get our patients back to their daily lives.

Our network includes:

  • A dedicated neurological critical-care unit
  • An advanced angio suite for conducting minimally invasive vascular and endovascular procedures
  • An in-patient acute rehabilitation unit, and
  • Long-term care, including outpatient rehabilitation

Neurological Critical Care

The critical-care unit is staffed by a neurointensivist – a physician who takes a team approach in working closely with surgeons, radiologists, ER staff, pharmacists, rehabilitation therapists and other care providers in neurologic emergencies. Neurointensivists are specially trained to treat critical neurological conditions – such as acute ischemic stroke, aneurysm and hemorrhage.

Interventional Neurology

Neurointervention allows doctors to use highly specialized techniques, where possible, to avoid conventional open surgery of the brain and spine. It has become essential for comprehensive stroke care.

You can reach our program coordinator at the following number:

Connie LaClair-Henderson, BSN, RN
Stroke Program Coordinator
Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist
(760) 323-6749

Award-Winning Stroke Care

award-200-x-250At Desert Care Network, we are committed to high-quality stroke care. Desert Regional Medical Center has received the 2020 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. JFK Memorial Hospital has received the 2020 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. These awards are received for applying the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes of our communities.
dnvDesert Regional Medical Center is also the Coachella Valley’s only DNV-GL Accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center, which represents the most advanced stroke treatment available in our area.


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