Stroke Program

Nationally-recognized team helping improve quality of life for stroke survivors

If you or a loved one suffer a stroke, we are with you through each step of diagnosis and treatment. From the time a stroke patient and family enter the Emergency Department - through your hospital stay, rehabilitation and return to the community, there is a team dedicated to your recovery.

Your team

Your team develops a treatment plan to recover independence and function as well as prevent future strokes. The Methodist Hospital Stroke Program brings together a team of specialists including physicians, nurses and therapists focused on stroke treatment and recovery. We provide individual care and education specific to the needs of the stroke survivor and family.

Rehabilitation from a stroke

Methodist Hospital also offers specialized physical, speech and occupational therapy for patients who have suffered a stroke. This Acute Rehabilitation Center helps patients recover independence and function to lead as productive a life as possible. 

Stroke support group

Stroke survivors and their family members and caregivers are invited to attend our Stroke Support Group, which meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Methodist Hospital Cafeteria.

For more information, call the group's president, Donnis Arens, at 402-895-3689 or email

Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Designation

On June 1, 2016, Methodist Hospital was the first in the city of Omaha to earn the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite designation. In addition, Methodist was also awarded the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. The drug therapy must be administered within 60 minutes in at least 75 percent of patients. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months and during the same period achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

Advanced certification for primary stroke centers

Methodist Hospital has been recognized with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. This designation shows that our stroke program has met the critical elements of performance to achieve long-term, successful outcomes for stroke patients.

This certification is voluntary and a result of a rigorous on-site review by The Joint Commission in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Contact Us

Methodist Hospital
8303 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114