Primary Stroke Center in north Denver

As a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission, North Suburban Medical Center provides rapid, lifesaving stroke treatment in Thornton. Our emergency care and neurosciences teams are equipped to treat stroke patients 24/7.

If you believe someone is having a stroke, please call 911 immediately.


The Joint Commission, American Heart Association and Stroke Association Certification for Primary Stroke Center

2018 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus American Heart Association

What is a stroke?

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the fifth leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke) or becomes blocked by a blood clot (ischemic stroke). When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so that area’s brain cells start to die.

Signs of stroke

If you or someone you know has a sudden onset of any of the following stroke symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke.

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs (especially on one side of the body)
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding
  • Severe headache with no cause
  • Trouble seeing
  • Trouble walking or lack of balance/coordination

Stroke treatment

At North Suburban, stroke patients receive prompt, coordinated stroke treatment from a team of neurologists and specially trained nurses and technicians. Our ER staff works with area emergency medical services (EMS) agencies to identify stroke patients before the ambulance arrives at the hospital.

Because of this coordinated care, our medical staff is prepared to administer clot-busting medication or provide surgical intervention—depending on the type of stroke—as soon as the patient arrives by ambulance.