The Region's Largest and Most Experienced Stroke Network

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time, and it occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, the brain cells are deprived of oxygen and it begins to deteriorate.

To deliver the best possible stroke care, we make every minute count. As the largest stroke network in the Carolinas, we give you access to rapid, life-saving treatments closer to home. And our stroke rehabilitation teams are the most experienced in the region, offering you the best chance of recovery. Providing comprehensive, high-quality care at more places, we treat more than 3,200 strokes annually – far more than any other network in the Carolinas.

Get the Right Stroke Treatment Faster

The more quickly a stroke patient gets emergency care, the better the outcome. Our Carolinas Stroke Network – connecting all 39 Atrium Health hospitals – accelerates the treatment of patients suffering from a stroke.

We deliver the right therapies, right away:

  • 24/7 stroke care coordinated with local emergency medical services
  • Code Stroke – a process that ensures we follow best practices
  • Rapid transport by MedAir when necessary

Telestroke: A New Approach for Better Outcomes

Using two-way videoconferencing capabilities in the ER, our innovative telestroke program provides timely access to neurologists with critical stroke expertise. This capability ensures that every patient, no matter where they live, receives the specialized treatment they need as quickly as possible.


National Leader in Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

As one of the largest and most comprehensive stroke rehabilitation programs in the region, we are committed to getting our patients back home as soon as possible with renewed independence.

Using state-of-the-art technologies, we care for some of the most complex stroke cases seen anywhere. Our experienced teams – including board-certified physicians, physical and occupational therapists, certified rehabilitation registered nurses and neuropsychologists – work in hospital, skilled nursing and at-home settings. These capabilities have helped us become the first multi-site stroke rehabilitation program to earn certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


Recognized for Our Stroke Expertise

For more than a decade, our teams have treated the most severe strokes using the most leading-edge technologies and therapies. Our Neurosciences Institute's stroke program in Charlotte offers around-the-clock surgery for hemorrhagic (bleeding) strokes – treating more of these cases than almost any other hospital in the country.

Quality and Outcomes Highlights:

  • Received the American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in 2017
  • Performed better than the American Stroke Association’s national benchmark for complications related to carotid endarterectomy and diagnostic angiogram in 2017
  • Patients who underwent carotid arterial stenting (CAS) currently have a 30-day post procedure stroke rate of 0% YTD 2017
  • Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center is recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission in 2017 – one of only 100 CSC hospitals in the US
  • Five of our hospitals are certified as Advanced Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission:
    • Atrium Health Cleveland
    • Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
    • Atrium Health Pineville
    • Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly
    • Atrium Health Union

Gold Plus American Heart Association

Meets standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center - The Joint Commission and American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.


Full Range of Cerebrovascular Conditions Treated

We treat cerebrovascular conditions including:

  • Ischemic and hemorraghic strokes
  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIA), also called mini strokes
  • Subarachnoid and cerebral hemorrhage
  • Vascular malformations of the brain, spine, head and neck, including arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cavernous malformations, arteriovenous fistula and aneurysm
  • Carotid and vertebral dissection
  • Fibromuscular dysplasia
  • Atherosclerotic disease, including carotid and vertebral stenosis or intracranial stenosis
  • Moyamoya disease


Meet Our Patients

Kent's Story

When all-around athlete Michael “Kent” Shirley was suddenly hit with a dizzy spell, he never suspected he was having a stroke. Thankfully, he received rapid stroke care and made a full recovery – running a 5K just three days later.

Linda's Story

Linda was cleaning her house, when suddenly she fell to her knees. Learn about the rapid stroke care that saved her life.



Locations Providing Stroke Care

Outpatient Care

Stroke Clinic at Neurosciences Institute-Neurology NorthEast
315 Medical Park Dr., Ste 202
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-403-1911
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Stroke Clinic at Carolinas Rehabilitation
1100 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-355-4300
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Inpatient Care

Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center
1000 Blythe Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-335-2000
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Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
920 Church Street North
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-403-3000
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Atrium Health Union
600 Hospital Drive 
Monroe, NC 28112

Phone: 980-993-3100
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Atrium Health University City
8800 North Tryon Street 
Charlotte, NC 28262

Phone: 704-863-6000
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Atrium Health Cleveland
201 East Grover Street
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 980-487-2360
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Atrium Health Lincoln
433 McAlister Road 
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Phone: 980-212-2000
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Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge
2201 South Sterling Street 
Morganton, NC 28655

Phone: 828-580-5000
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Atrium Health Anson
2301 US Highway 74 West 
Wadesboro, NC 28170

Phone: 704-994-4500
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Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly
301 Yadkin Street 
Albemarle, NC 28002

Phone: 704-984-4000
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