Stroke Care

Time is precious when someone suffers a stroke. In many cases, the right medications delivered in those first few hours can mean full and timely recovering. Providence Emergency Departments in Burbank, Mission Hills, San Pedro, Tarzana and Torrance are designated as Primary Stroke Centers, meaning physicians and nurses are on hand around-the-clock to quickly diagnose and treat stroke patients. 

Providence is on the leading edge of stroke care. Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center hosts a Telestroke Network, allowing our experts to communicate via robot with patients and their families at other hospitals, including Providence Tarzana Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, in the South Bay. A physician can virtually diagnose and treat patients from miles away, sharing expertise that saves lives.

Providence Tarzana was one of the first hospitals in the area to master carotid artery stenting, a minimally invasive treatment that opens the artery with the goal of preventing stroke. The stent, a small mesh tube, is maneuvered to wedge the artery open, improving blood flow to the brain. 

At Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, our ICU team developed a program to get patients reliant on ventilators on their feet walking. Typically, these patients are sedated, but we’ve found that in some cases, we can enhance the healing process by welcoming innovative ideas.

And at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, our Center for Optimal Aging provides our aging stroke patients and their caregivers with guidance to manage life at home. The hospital’s Sub-Acute Center provides the highest level of quality and compassionate care for longer-term inpatient care for those who have suffered strokes or other neurological events.


Stroke: Test Your Knowledge.
Stroke is a leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Learn more about stroke by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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