Opened in 2014, Mission Hospital's Neuroscience & Spine Institute stands as the premier neurosurgical facility in Orange County

Mission Neuroscience Institute


Did you know up to 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke? Did you know Mission Hospital has a stroke team dedicated to provide exceptional care within minutes?

The comprehensive stroke program at the Mission Neuroscience Institute (MNI) features a dedicated team of care providers and physicians to quickly diagnosis and determine immediate emergent care if warranted. Once a stroke patient is recognized, the team is mobilized as soon as the patient enters the doors of the emergency department. This is called a “code stroke.” Not all patients meet criteria for this code activation, but stroke care goes beyond the immediate and entail numerous treatment strategies during the hospitalization and even after discharge.

Would you like to learn more about our stroke care? Call us today at (877) 459-3627.

There are two types of stroke. The most common are coined ischemic, which indicates a blood vessel of the brain was blocked. The necessary blood and oxygen is lost and brain cells began to die. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when fresh blood leaks into the tissue of the brain. This may due to a ruptured aneurysm, disturbances related to blood pressure or other vascular anomalies.

Acute emergent stroke care can be offered to a patient who develops stroke symptoms and presents to the emergency department within a defined time “window” of care, typically within three hours of onset. Following immediate imaging of the brain and its blood vessels, treatment with a medicine called t-PA can be given. There is certain criteria needed to determine if this treatment can be provided. The medicine t-PA is similar to the body’s own natural t-PA. This protein breaks down blood clots, helping to restore flow of blood that was blocked. If necessary, further intervention using stent retrievers within the actual blood vessel by an angiogram can improve outcome to clear a blocked vessel. Current standards of care for large vessel occlusive strokes often utilize both t-PA and angiographic retrieval. There are many sizes of stroke and not all patients are able to receive these treatments, and timing is critical. So focusing on the FAST awareness when a stroke occurs is a must. It is established that the prognosis for recovery with these interventions are favorable. Mission Hospital’s rapid response team for code stroke is ever on the ready, with neurologists and neurointerventionalists on the ready.

Patient Testimonial

Our success is defined by our patients. We strive to provide our patients will exceptional care so they may return their family, home and loves ones. Please click on the below video to hear from one of our own staff, who was also a stroke patient.