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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.

Both Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital are certified as Primary Stroke Centers 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.

Mechanical Thrombectomy Procedure

In January of 2018, the American Stroke Association changed their recommendations. Now, some patients can have a mechanical thrombectomy procedure up to 24 hours from onset of stroke symptoms. In 2019, Memorial Hospital earned recognition as a thrombectomy capable stroke center from The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Memorial is the first and only hospital in the state of Indiana to earn this certification, and the Memorial stroke center is among only 37 in the country to be recognized as thrombectomy capable by The Joint Commission.

View Mechanical Thrombectomy Reported Outcomes (PDF)

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.