Stroke Center

Stroke Center

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Scope of Services

UM Health-Sparrow Lansing and Michigan State University formed the region's first comprehensive stroke treatment program in 2012 and continue to work closely together in stroke care. UM Health-Sparrow's dedicated team of specialist use evidence-based, best practice medicine 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The stroke service is provided by experts in a multidisciplinary team, serving patients throughout our 12-county region. Providing comprehensive care to complex stroke patients in time sensitive emergencies, this includes the ability to provide surgical interventions from highly specialized providers.


Provide state of the art comprehensive care to improve outcomes for patients who suffer from stroke. Increasing timely access to premium stroke care using cutting edge technology, allowing us to offer advanced effective treatment options.


In keeping with the mission of UM Health-Sparrow, the Stroke Program strives to improve cerebrovascular health status of the people of Mid-Michigan by providing quality, compassionate and accessible stroke care that is nationally recognized for excellence. The Stroke Program is designed to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to patients with an ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) at EWSH using the following ideals:

  • The needs of the patient always come first.
  • The delivery of care is local and should be provided as close to home as possible.
  • The future of healthcare demands excellent team medicine and care coordination.
  • National recognition for quality and patient experience will differentiate UM Health-Sparrow's Stroke Program.

At UM Health-Sparrow Lansing, stroke care is a top priority and we have the track record to show it. We have not only been recognized by the American Stroke Association as a recipient of the “Get With The Guidelines” Gold Elite Plus award for our excellent care, but we are also the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Mid-Michigan. This means that not only do we provide the most complete care to our stroke patients, but we do so at the highest possible level.

It takes a highly specialized team to diagnose and treat strokes. Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, patients at UM Health-Sparrow are treated by emergency medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, and neurointerventional surgery physicians who are specially trained in complex stroke care, and are available 24 hours a day. Vascular surgeons, radiologists, internal medicine, physical medicine, and rehabilitation physicians, and specialty trained nurses are also part of the care team. This allows UM Health-Sparrow to offer care for the most complex strokes. Our team treats patients before, during, and after suffering a stroke through preventative, emergent and rehabilitative care.

DSC AHA Comprehensive Stroke Badge
AHA 2023 Stroke Gold-Plus Badge

With a stroke, every minute counts

We take this very seriously. Our acute stroke patients who arrive via ambulance are quickly triaged in the emergency department where evaluation and imaging are done with the stroke team at the bed side. Patients are then quickly treated with intravenous clot-busting drugs before being rushed to the operation room to remove larger clots that require further intervention. As Mid-Michigan's only comprehensive stroke center we also receive patients from other hospitals in the area to treat complex strokes. Working collaboratively with EMS and the community, we want you to know where to go if you are having a stroke. Time is brain.


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Stroke Warning Signs

It is imperative that you and your loved ones recognize the symptoms of a stroke. If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
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Quality Measures

Timing is critical for treating patients with ischemic stroke. See how UM Health-Sparrow Hospital compares against state and national benchmarks, and AHA recommendations.