We offer care for stroke that includes diagnosis, treatment, hospital care, patient and family education and support. Care begins from the minute a person suffering a stroke calls 911 to after stroke care.
A multidisciplinary team specially trained in stroke care guides the patient through the acute phase of stroke treatment. In addition to medical and nursing staff, the team includes imaging specialists; pharmacists; physical, occupational,and speech therapists; and discharge planners. Inpatient care is provided by our specialty neuro critical care and neuroscience unit staff.
North Memorial’s Psychiatry and Integrative Care is committed to honoring our patients as whole individuals. We provide services that encompass all aspects of the human being, in mind, body and spirit.
Also called "Coffee and Conversation" our weekly informal speech therapy discussion group allows stroke survivors with aphasia or other communication difficulties to meet in a casual, comfortable setting to practice communication techniques and improve skills. It’s also an opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee and discuss the daily newspaper, a funny advertisement or even your favorite comic strip. The group meets Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Sunset Room (Plaza Level, near the cafeteria) at North Memorial Medical Center.
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a two-week intensive therapy program for stroke survivors that helps increase arm and hand function. Research has shown that if encouraging the use of the affected extremity to perform activities graded by the occupational therapist, results in increased ability to use the arm and hand for daily activities. For more information, call 763-581-3522.
We know it is important for you and those close to you to receive education and support after having experienced a stroke. There is no way to eliminate all the emotions and uncertainties, but when you speak with others who share similar feelings and experiences, you can gain new insight and strength at a time when you most need it. Discovery Circle, our stroke support group, meets the second Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (except July and August). Meetings are held at the Stroke Center, located on the Plaza Level of North Memorial Medical Center. Download a 2014 program calendar.
Medical research indicates intense therapy over a short period of time can improve speech and language abilities for stroke patients with aphasia. North Memorial has the first Intensive Aphasia Program in our region and is one of only six IAP programs in the world.
Spasticity happens when the muscles are involuntarily and often painfully contracted as a result of stroke or other conditions. North Memorial’s Spasticity Program works closely with those involved in providing stroke care, including physicians, nursing and rehabilitation staff, to develop a plan that’s best for you.
North Memorial offers two educational opportunities for stroke patients, their care givers and family members.
Know Stroke is a class is designed for family members whose loved one has survived a stroke. Taught by a North Memorial RN from our Stroke Center, Know Stroke covers signs and symptoms of stroke, risk factors for stroke, follow up with your doctor and information on your stroke medications.
StrokeWise is an in-depth community stroke education course offered twice a year for stroke survivors and their care partners. It provides an opportunity to learn how to prevent and cope with stroke-related problems, learn about self-care strategies and develop a plan to stay healthy after stroke. StrokeWise is held twice a year in the fall and spring; call 763-581-3650 for dates and times.
Telehealth is a service that ensures patients in community hospitals have access to North Memorial’s medical expertise. Using sophisticated technology that includes a computer and medical-grade camera, specialists at North Memorial can remotely assess and treat patients identified as requiring complex or emergency care, such as a stroke, virtually anytime.