Deaconess Hospital is now a Primary Stroke Center
A stroke can happen any time. Our ER is prepared all the time.
We are certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. That's important because it means that Deaconess provides the next generation of stroke care.* Our stroke alert team collaborates with local EMS to provide patients with quick access to our advanced diagnostic and treatment technology.
Read more about this certification.
If you ever suspect that you or someone you love is having a stroke, getting expert help – fast – can make a lifesaving difference. So keep in mind that Deaconess Hospital is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center – which means that Deaconess provides the next generation of stroke care. We collaborate with EMS before patients even reach the hospital.
*According to The Joint Commission, JointCommission.org.
In an emergency, call 911.
What is stroke?
Stroke is considered a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. That is why it is important to know the risk factors of stroke.
What causes stroke?
Have you ever wondered what causes a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die.
Watch this animation of stroke causes.
Watch this animation of stroke treatment.
Meet the Neurology Specialists on our Medical Staff
Jon Ween, M.D.
Specialty: Neurology, Stroke and Cognition
Dr. Ween specializes in Neurology, Stroke and Cognition. He is fellowship—trained in behavioral neurology at Boston University and residency—trained in Neurology, also at Boston University.
Dr. Ween in Board Certified by the American Board of Neurology and is the Stroke Medical Director at Deaconess Hospital.
Learn more about Dr. Ween
Conrad Nievera, M.D.
Specialty: Neurology and Epilepsy
Dr. Nievera specializes in neurology and epilepsy. He is fellowship–trained in Neurophysiology and Cerebrovascular Disease from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and residency—trained in Neurology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Nivera is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology),the American Board of Disability Analysts and the Philippine Neurological Association.
Learn more about Dr. Nievera
Patrick Cox, M.D., PH.D.
Specialty: Neuro Radiologist
Dr. Cox is the lead radiologist for the Deaconess Hospital Stroke program. He is fellowship-trained in Diagnostic Neuroradiology from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in Saint Louis, MO and residency-trained at the University of Colorado in Radiology. His subspecialty is Neuroradiology.
Learn more about Dr. Cox