UNC Health Care Comprehensive Stroke Center
The UNC Comprehensive Stroke Center is a multi-specialty clinical and research program that incorporates state-of-the-art approaches in caring for patients with stroke or other vascular disorders of the brain. Its mission is to serve the citizens of North Carolina by providing high-quality comprehensive stroke care, educating patients and health care providers, and conducting cutting-edge research in stroke care and prevention.
The Stroke Center's multi-specialty care approach utilizes the expertise of a large group of physicians and staff with specialty training in the treatment of Stroke. Stroke patient care is coordinated by a team of Vascular Neurologists and Neuro-intensivists who work closely with emergency medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists, neuroradiologists, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, physiatrists, neuro-trained nurses, and stroke ancillary care specialists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, care managers, and social workers).
Acute stroke care is available 24/7 and is provided to medically eligible patients by an on-call Acute Stroke Team. The Team evaluates patients for acute treatments, such as intravenous thrombolysis, catheter-based interventional procedures, and surgical treatments. The Team also screens patients for inclusion in clinical studies and trials of the latest experimental stroke therapies.
Stroke-specific care units at UNC Hospitals include a 35-bed acute care floor (6NSH), and 18-bed intermediate care floor (ISCU) and the 16-bed Neuroscience ICU. Patient care is coordinated by an experienced Stroke Nurse Coordinator, Nicole Burnett, RN, BSN, CNRN, CCRN, and all nurses caring for patients in the Stroke Center are required to participate in extensive stroke education on an annual basis.
By demonstrating a strong track record of quality and excellence in stroke care, the Stroke Center has maintained The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification as a Primary Stroke Center since the Center's founding in 2004. In 2013, the Stroke Center became the first stroke program in North Carolina and in the Southeast to receive The Joint Commission Advanced Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, confirming the UNC Health Care Comprehensive Stroke Center’s position as a leader in stroke care.
Division of Stroke and Vascular Neurology
The Division of Stroke and Vascular Neurology of the UNC Department of Neurology is the academic and administrative home of the UNC Health Care Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Division’s faculty is comprised of five experienced Stroke Neurologists - Drs. William Powers, David Huang, Octavio de Marchena, Natalie Aucutt-Walter, and Michael Wang – and a Stroke Nurse Practitioner, Susan Wilson, FNP. Each faculty member is actively involved in the care of stroke patients in the hospital and in the outpatient setting. Student, provider and patient education are important missions of the Division, and each faculty member is actively involved in hospital- and community-based outreach and teaching.
The Division is actively involved in clinical stroke research, and stroke treatment and prevention trials/studies are conducted by the UNC Stroke Trails Unit. The Unit recruits patients 24/7 with the help of three study coordinators: Aaron Abate, Anne Beckwith and Sierra Marino.
UNC Stroke Clinic
Outpatient post-stroke care and stroke prevention services are provided in the UNC Stroke Clinic attended by the UNC Stroke Neurologists. The clinic provides many services, including:
- Follow-up after a hospitalization for an acute stroke
- Management of post-stroke recovery
- Stroke/TIA risk screening
- Evaluation and management of carotid stenosis and other cerebrovascular diseases
- Stroke education for patients and their families
- Referrals to Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, and Physiatry
We hope you find this website helpful in your health and medical care decisions. Please contact us at 919-966-5547 with any questions or to request assistance with an appointment.
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