Stroke Center

Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Rapid-response treatment for stroke offers the greatest chance for recovery. Reading Hospital is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center that is fully equipped and staffed to provide state-of-the-art rapid evaluation and treatment of stroke.

Benefits of Rapid-Response Treatment

strokeReceiving treatment at a certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center within three hours can greatly reduce the risk of permanent damage from a stroke.

  • Rapid Response Brain Attack team, with outcomes in the top 5 percent nationally
  • 24/7 neurology, neuro-surgery, and neuro-radiology availability 
  • Ability to administer intravenous t-PA (medicine to break up a blood clot)
  • Neuro-interventionalist with ability to provide intra-arterial t-PA, or mechanical clot removal
  • Eight-hour window of opportunity for advanced mechanical intervention 

Stroke is a medical emergency. Use FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke:

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you would like a FAST wallet card, call 484-628-HELP (4357).

CARFsmAdvanced Primary Stroke Center Awards & Accreditations

Healthgrades Neurosciences Excellence Award™ in 2014
Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 8 Years in a Row (2007-2014)
Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for 8 Years in a Row (2007-2014) by Healthgrades
Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Neurosciences in 2014 by Healthgrades
Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 9 Years in a Row (2006-2014) by Healthgrades
2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines (registered) Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award (4 consecutive years)
2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association GOOLD Achievement Award
Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation for Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Program