Skip to main content
Find a DoctorGet Care Now
Skip to main content
Search icon magnifying glass








From prevention to treatment and recovery, Yale New Haven Hospital provides the most experienced doctors and the latest diagnostic tools, techniques and treatments for exceptional stroke care, 24 hours a day.

The Stroke Center

The Joint Commission - National Quality Approval

Yale New Haven Hospital (20 York St.) is certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, and our Saint Raphael Campus is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. This national recognition signifies expertise in providing the highest level of care to stroke patients. Our patients receive rapid access to treatment by an expert team that includes vascular neurology, neurovascular surgery, neurocritical care, emergency medicine and other medical subspecialties, who work together to diagnose and determine the most appropriate stroke treatment for patients with stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders.

We follow best practices to try to preserve brain function and prevent serious injury or death, knowing that timely, effective treatment can make a significant difference in a better quality of life following recovery. Patient and family care is measured by a performance improvement process and reported publicly with other national programs. Being certified by The Joint Commission means that we provide stroke care 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and we have met the most stringent standards currently in use for stroke treatment.

Our inpatient services include a dedicated neuro-intensive care unit and a stroke service with a patient and family-centered approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with cerebrovascular disease. We also employ a unique transition-of-care model using stroke nurse navigators, who provide expertise and assistance to patients, their family members and clinicians throughout hospitalization and after discharge. Their role includes educating patients and families and helping them deal with medical, practical and emotional aspects of stroke.

Specialized stroke clinics are available for community physician referrals, stroke consults and for primary and secondary stroke prevention.

Learn about our Stroke Center performance and outcome measures

View the Yale Medicine video on advances in stroke research


Through the use of video and image-sharing telecommunications, Yale New Haven Stroke Center provides remote neurologic expertise when patients present with acute stroke symptoms at numerous partner hospitals in Connecticut and Rhode Island. 

By establishing a telemedicine link using videoconferencing and image sharing technology, stroke specialists from Yale New Haven can examine patients at remote hospitals miles away to help diagnose the patient's ailment and recommend a plan of care. One form of stroke treatment is to administer tPA, a clot busting drug that can greatly reduce the disability resulting from a stroke. 

Unfortunately, some hospitals lack the resources to make this determination and cannot physically transfer the patient quickly enough to enable them to receive this therapy if warranted. TeleStroke can enable subscribing hospitals to provide expert acute stroke care for patients without physically transferring the patient to YNHH Stroke Center for diagnosis and treatment. 

Telestroke programs throughout the country have demonstrated that telemedicine conferencing between outlying emergency departments and trained stroke neurologists can enhance the use of tPA at hospitals that do not have on-site neurologists 24/7.

Physicians: As the destination center for acute care, Yale New Haven Hospital specialists are here to assist you in caring for your patients with complex acute, chronic or difficult-to-diagnose illnesses. Medical consultations and expedited transfer/admissions are available for adult and pediatric patients through our Y Access Transfer Center.

Contact Us

The Stroke Center


Toll-free: 877-772-9644

Stroke? B-E F-A-S-T

Balance unsteady
Eyesight changes

Facial droop
Arm weakness
Speech difficulty
Time to call 911

The most common symptoms of stroke can easily be remembered by the letters B-E  F-A-S-T.



Watch our Telestroke program in action.


Yale New Haven Health offers remote services through video conferencing for patients needing specialized care.