Stroke Care at Swedish Hospital: Why Choose Us?

Stroke is a potentially life-threatening brain injury that can strike at any time. The best care includes immediate treatment from a dedicated stroke program, such as the one at Swedish Hospital. 

Swedish Hospital is certified by the Health Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) as a Primary Stroke Center. This certification reflects our commitment to high standards in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. A majority of the patients who come to us with stroke-like symptoms are able to get the care they need without leaving our campus.

Highlights of Our Program

    Around-the-Clock Access to Experts

    Every minute counts when you are experiencing stroke-like symptoms. Our rapid response team of specially trained nurses and other stroke experts comes together in minutes to deliver care that lowers your risk of life-changing complications, including difficulty walking. Find out more about emergency stroke care.

    A Successful Track Record

    Most patients who are eligible receive life-saving stroke medications within 60 minutes of arrival. We have met this standard for more than 24 consecutive months. As a result, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized us with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

    Rehabilitation Care That Meets Your Needs

    Our large team of rehabilitation experts addresses your needs from head to toe. Therapies may include help with talking, swallowing, dressing and cooking. Read more about inpatient stroke care and rehabilitation.


    Our nurses and therapists take time to get to know you as a person. We help you set and achieve goals so you can get your independence back. If you wish to drive again, we help you regain the skills necessary to make it a reality. Read one patient’s story: Brian Makes Full Recovery Following Back-to-Back Heart Attack and Stroke.

    Community Partner

    Our mission is to take care of the people in our community, which is why we are actively working to raise stroke awareness in Chicago. Our efforts include hosting special events to talk about stroke prevention and participating in local health fairs. Learn more about stroke awareness. Spectrum of Stroke Care

Our Stroke Services

Emergency Care

We coordinate imaging tests and assessments so you can receive the care you need as quickly as possible. 

Inpatient Care

Our team of board-certified neurologists, highly skilled nurses and experienced pharmacists comes together to help you get the best possible care. We monitor your breathing and blood pressure around the clock so we can respond to the earliest signs of potential complications. 

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation starts as soon as you are medically stable, often within a day or two. This proactive approach helps you get back to your normal routine when the time is right. Rehabilitation helps you relearn everyday skills, such as walking or talking, so you can live life on your own terms.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

We help you ease back into daily life with one-on-one therapy sessions. Outpatient rehabilitation may include speech therapy to help you communicate with others or physical therapy to regain use of your arms and legs. Learn more about our outpatient neurological program.


For more information about the stroke program at Swedish Hospital, call 773-878-8200, ext. 5679.

If you or a loved one is experiencing stroke-like symptoms, dial 911.