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Stroke designation centers

The highest level of care for stroke is available in Charlotte and Winston-Salem

Peace of mind – it comes from knowing that the highest level of care is there when you need it. If you or a loved one has a stroke, you have exceptional life-saving services available close to where you live. Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center is first in the Charlotte region to earn advanced certification as a comprehensive stroke center. In the Winston-Salem area, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center has earned the same designation for a third time.

Novant Health is delighted to be the first health system in the state to have two certified comprehensive stroke centers for our patients. And, we join another elite group of healthcare systems such as Johns Hopkins, Kaiser Foundation and Mayo Clinic as one of four systems in the country that have two certified comprehensive stroke centers.


Certification was first offered in 2012 by The Joint Commission, an independent healthcare accrediting body, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The Joint Commission recognizes comprehensive stroke centers for providing the highest level of care for stroke.

In a state that is a national leader for stroke-related deaths, North Carolina has a special need for advanced stroke care. Cities similar in size to Charlotte typically have more than one comprehensive stroke centers. The care that Novant Health’s comprehensive stroke-care centers offer can be a lifeline for you and your family members, especially in an emergency.

Novant Health’s comprehensive stroke centers give you access to an expert team of neurologists and neurosurgeons and other specialists. These professionals focus on preventive medicine to help you avoid having a stroke, as well as emergency services for quick response once a stroke begins.

Certification as a comprehensive stroke center also assures we can provide advanced imaging that is vital for finding blood clots in the brain and neck that cause strokes. We also have special intensive care units at our facilities, so we can focus on giving you care that is essential for recovery after a stroke. Our neurosciences team also will manage your care if you need rehabilitation to get you back to the activities you enjoy after a stroke. Once you’re back at home, you can continue your recovery through outpatient services, if necessary.