When it comes to medical care, those of us who live in Baltimore are lucky to have some of the finest institutions to turn to for help. Just recently, The Berman Brain & Spine Institute’s Stroke Center at Sinai Hospital
was awarded a Target: Stroke designation by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in recognition of its excellence in delivering timely critical care to patients with acute stroke. The designation was earned because Sinai met the criteria of providing IV tPA, a clot-busting drug, to at least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes of their arrival at the hospital, also known as “door-to-needle time.” That was the rate over the last six months of 2012. To date, Sinai Hospital has increased the rate even more, to over 75 percent.