WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center

WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center

West Jeff - Stroke Center Gold Plus Achievement Award GWTG 2015 New Orleans Marrero Westbank
West Jeff - Stroke Center New Orleans Marrero Westbank
West Jeff - Stroke Center New Orleans Marrero Westbank

Stroke Care

Location/Hours of Stroke Follow-Up Clinic:

Stroke Follow-up Clinic
West Jefferson Medical Center
4500 10th Street, Suite A
Marrero, LA 70072
(504) 349-6352
Every Wednesday, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.

General Information:

Stroke is a brain attack. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer. West Jefferson Medical Center is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to care for patients with stroke symptoms immediately.

West Jefferson Medical Center’s Stroke Center earned The Joint Commission’s designation as Louisiana’s first Nationally Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2006. Accredited since that year, our team is dedicated to offering the most comprehensive program of its kind in Louisiana. Since we are an accredited Primary Stroke Center, New Orleans area patients receive hospital services that meet rigorous national standards for stroke care and have the critical elements needed for long-term success in improving outcomes. Our patients are assured certified physicians and medical staff members that can give them personalized care during their recovery.

Strokes affect over 700,000 people each year and cause widespread disability and death throughout the United States. Strokes are a serious matter and the qualified staff at our Stroke Center works vigorously to help patients recover from strokes or prevent future strokes.

Our dedication and diligence in stroke treatment and research has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, which awarded the Get with the Guidelines Silver Quality Performance Achievement Award to West Jefferson Medical Center. Patient education is extremely important in treating and preventing strokes, and information packets are given to each patient that give guidelines for preventative measures and methods.

The Stroke Center treats acute strokes, TIAs and other neurological and neurosurgical conditions. Space is dedicated within this unit for epilepsy monitoring in affiliation with LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. Here neuroscience specialists further care for patients requiring this monitoring service. Specialized equipment is available to assist specialists with monitoring and providing diagnostic treatment services. At West Jefferson Medical Center’s Stroke Center, New Orleans area patients get the advantage of cutting-edge methods, technology and procedures.

Stroke Outcomes:

  • Our patients receive 20% tPA rate, a lifesaving medicine for stroke victims, which is higher than the national average of 3-8 percent according to the American Heart Association.
  • Our team meets or exceeds all national time standards for door to tPA, CT, lab, EKG and chest X-ray.
  • Dedicated 23 bed Stroke/Orthopedic unit and stroke team including neurologists, nurses, radiologists, pharmacists, therapists (physical, respiratory, occupational and speech), and an interventional neuroradiologist
  • Ischemic or Hemorrhagic Stroke patients or caregivers who received written educational materials about Stroke care and prevention during the hospital stay was at 99%, which is higher than the national average of 90% for this metric.
  • Ischemic or Hemorrhagic Stroke patients who were evaluated for rehabilitation services was at 100%, which is higher than the national average of 98% for this metric.

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After a stroke, patients continue to receive care at our Rehab Care Center. A full stroke rehabilitation program helps stroke patients return to a more full life.

2015 Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA (current criteria and same volume thresholds).


West Jefferson has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in providing excellent care for stroke patients by following evidence-based guidelines. To receive the award, West Jefferson achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for three or more consecutive years, and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures. These measures include clot-busting medication, anticoagulation therapy, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation — all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Stroke Support Group

WJMC Stroke Support Group

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Stroke Resources:



  • “Living With Stroke” - Richard Senelick, MD
  • “Stroke and the Family” - Joel Stein, MD
  • “Nutrition and Stroke: Prevention & Treatment” - Salah Gariballa
  • “The High Blood Pressure Solution” - Richard Moore, PhD