• Stroke Team

  • Our professional stroke team at Littleton Adventist Hospital is committed to providing rapid response and expert treatment for stroke patients.

  • Time is of the essence when dealing with a stroke and minutes count.

    We are prepared and expertly trained to take the appropriate steps in treating emergency stroke patients.

    With our neuro team available 24/7, you can rely on us whenever you are in need.

    A stroke is a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

    Dr. Mihaela Alexander, Stroke Medical Director at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Colorado

    Meet Our Medical Director

    Mihaela Alexander, MD is Board Certified in both General Neurology and Vascular Neurology and specializes in stroke, spasticity management and movement disorders. She completed her neurology training and vascular neurology research at University of Minnesota. Dr. Alexander serves as the medical director of the Stroke Program and Neurology Department at Littleton Adventist Hospital. She is on the faculty and teaches neurology to medical students from Rocky Vista University.

    Our stroke team includes:

    • Neurologists and Neurosurgeons available 24/7 for stroke alerts and life-saving interventional or surgical procedures.
    • Emergency room registered nurses (RN's) specially trained in rapid response stroke protocols who work closely with EMS to assure the fastest possible treatment
    • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) RN's are specially trained in the assessment and care of stroke patients.
    • Rehabilitation staff including occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech therapists that specialize in stroke rehabilitation.
    • Case managers available to assist families with decision making, rehabilitation placement options, insurance questions and arranging transportation after discharge
    • Chaplains available to help provide spiritual and emotional support for families and patients.

    Thanks to our amazing stroke team, we have earned national recognition!

    Learn more about the awards and honors earned by the stroke team at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

  • Exceptional Stroke Care

  • In June 2009, John Lascor of Denver suffered sudden left side weakness and confusion while looking through his pantry for an evening snack. His wife immediately recognized the symptoms of stroke as a 9-1-1 emergency and acted in time.

    Lascor was treated at Littleton Adventist Hospital and had a complete recovery. A little more than a year later, Lascor suffered a second, more severe stroke, as 25 percent of stroke patients do.

    The second event occurred in October 2010 as the 46-year-old was preparing to leave for vacation with his wife and two young children. Emergency department staff and the neurologist at Littleton Hospital quickly administered clot-busting medication. Then, the neurointervention team at Littleton Hospital threaded a wire into the blood vessels in Lascor's brain to remove the clot that triggered the stroke. Within a couple hours, he was able to move his paralyzed left side, and all of the stroke symptoms disappeared.

    Award-Winning Services

    The Joint Commission Quality Approval The Stroke Center at Littleton Hospital, a hub of the Centura Health Stroke Network of Care in Colorado, has been accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission since 2005. This designation indicates that the hospital follows proven protocols and processes for treating stroke quickly and effectively. Last year, Littleton Hospital received the Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for 24 consecutive months of adherence to all Get With the Guidelines® indicators, which focus on improving quiality of patient care and outcomes. We also became the first and only hospital in Colorado to be recognized on the AHA/ASA's Target: Stroke honor roll, signifying our team's effectiveness in the administration of clot-busting medication within the benchmark of 60 minutes.

    American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines "Based on the national Brain Attack Coalition's criteria, we're also a comprehensive stroke center with the expanded capability and resources of providing around-the-clock neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroendovascular intervention," says Janet Carlson, RN, MSN, stroke program coordinator at Littleton Hospital.

    A Life-Changing Outcome

    Lascor is one of many patients who have benefited from the comprehensive stroke care provided through the Stroke Center at Littleton Hospital. To prevent a third stroke in the future, Lascor takes medications for his blood pressure and cholesterol, and he has had a successful procedure to close a hole in his heart. Today he's back to all that life has to offer, including raising his family, camping, fishing, and hunting.

    From the March 2011 issue of Your Health Your Hospital.

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