Stroke Care

A stroke can happen when it is least expected. It can happen to any one, at any age. And when it does, time is of the essence. As soon as you suspect someone might be having a stroke, it’s important to call 911 immediately or get them to the nearest emergency room right away. Receiving immediate treatment can help minimize the long-term effects of a stroke, and can even prevent death.

If a stroke does happen, it’s always urgent. Our emergency services — including a specialized stroke team — are here 24 hours a day. A neurologist and other experts will act immediately to evaluate and treat you. Our outpatient and in-hospital rehabilitation and other services are also here to help.

In 2015, Memorial Hospital was certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This means that patients can expect the highest quality stroke care possible in an environment that’s uniquely developed to care for the urgent needs of people experiencing a stroke.

What Is Stroke?

A stroke occurs when oxygen-rich blood-flow to the brain is blocked. There are two types of strokes:

  • Ischemic stroke – This type is caused by the buildup of plaque (fatty deposits) in a brain blood vessel or by a blood clot that blocks blood flow.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke – This type is caused by the sudden bursting of a blood vessel leading to the brain. When blood flow stops, oxygen supply stops, too. This can cause temporary or permanent brain damage. With time, it can even result in death.


If you are experiencing a medical emergency or need urgent medical advice, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

When a medical emergency strikes, Elkhart General Hospital Emergency Department is prepared to give you the help you need. Emergency medicine professionals are available 24/7, to bring you fast, expert care. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow our medical staff to make fast and accurate diagnoses, and provide fast treatment and lifesaving care. Additionally, we have medical interpreters on staff to help with any communication barriers. Our hospital is equipped with transmission technologies that receive real-time patient data from emergency medical service (EMS) providers en route to the hospital. This helps us prepare for patients with serious illnesses and injuries before you arrive.