Providence St. Vincent: Fastest in country for life-saving stroke procedure

My video tour of different facilities around Providence continues, and today I’m excited to introduce you to the stroke team at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

This summer, they earned the distinction of being the fastest in the country when it comes to a life-saving stroke procedure for removing blood clots in the brain. The team has it down to just 24 minutes, compared to the national average of 60 minutes.

cath lab

Providence St. Vincent is the highest volume stroke center in Oregon with more than 1,200 cases a year. That means the team has a lot of experience treating patients for stroke.

In talking with Vivek Deshmukh, M.D., co-medical director of the Providence Brain and Spine Institute, I learned that stent technology has come a long way over the last decade. But what makes the biggest difference is teamwork.

“The team is keenly aware that every second matters, so they move quickly and efficiently. There’s very little confusion. It’s all seamless. And that’s what makes the difference,” Dr. Deshmukh said.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the video so you can meet your colleagues at Providence St. Vincent and learn how we all benefit from having this expertise in the Providence family.

Other tour highlights

telestroke soundbite

On my tour, I stopped at the ER to talk with Dr. John Zurasky (via our Oscar telestroke robot) and Anita, one our great ER nurses. It made my day to hear Dr. Zurasky talk about all the great collaboration happening in telestroke across Providence and Swedish and how it’s been a highlight of his career. Hear what he has to say in this brief video clip.


neuro conference

I also sat in on a neuro conference and got to hear about some of the complex cases that are being seen at Providence St. Vincent. It was a fascinating discussion. The physicians also told me how technology is easing their way. A new app by Multiscale, for example, allows them to monitor patients and consult remotely via a mobile phone or tablet.

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  1. It’s very inspiring to see this kind of dedication to patient care. As an RN, when working as a nurse at Providence Hospital in Medford, we frequently utilized telehealth for our patients with stroke symptoms. It’s such a life-saving tool and really does the make the difference when every minute counts. Wonderful work! Thank you for passion for excellent care.

  2. Its incredible to see the work that our teams are doing across Providence. And the collaboration between the local, regional and system teams will democratize the expertise and services everywhere our footprints are!

    Thanks to you Mike and Rod, and the entire leadership team for your vision of the future and servant leadership