Centura Health Stroke Care

Advanced Stroke Treatment Capabilities. Exceptional Experience and Care.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and cause of disability in the United States. Centura Health is prepared to offer immediate medical attention in our stroke centers throughout Colorado and Kansas. Our rapid response to stroke, advanced stroke treatment capabilities, efficient processes and acute stroke rehabilitation means stroke victims will experience exceptional and compassionate care paired with the best technology, expertise and experience. And, we have a strong partnership with prehospital EMS, so stroke treatment begins on the way to the hospital to capture the greatest opportunity to minimize brain damage.

When it comes to stroke, the faster we can treat you, the better your outcome can be. If you think you or someone near you is suffering from a stroke, don’t hesitate, call 911. 

Learn more about stroke

What is a Stroke or “Brain Attack”?

Stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked or decreased. Without blood flow, up to 2 million neurons may die every minute. Every minute lost increases the chance of a person experiencing permanent neurological damage, stroke-related disability, or even death. Stroke is a medical emergency that requires rapid treatment.


Types of Stroke

Ischemic (blockage): An ischemic stroke occurs when there is blockage of blood flow to the brain. This blockage causes brain tissue to die from lack of oxygen. About 87% of all strokes are ischemic.

Hemorrhagic (bleeding): A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts and causes bleeding into or around the brain. Bleeding in the brain can damage brain cells and cause them to die. About 13 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.

Transient Ischemic Attack: A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is when blood supply to the brain is temporarily blocked. When this happens, the brain does not function properly. The person has stroke-like symptoms. Once blood flow is restored to the brain, the symptoms resolve.

Rodney Lie, stoke patient, and his wife
Rodney Lie, stroke survivor, and his wife Jennifer. Rodney is making a difference to help others benefit from his experience as a stroke survivor.

Bright Futures Beyond Stroke

Across our communities, lives of our friends and families are impacted by stroke. Read stories of of recovery as a result of F.A.S.T action and expert, coordinated stroke response teams.

Signs of Stroke

Call 911 immediately if you think someone is having a stroke. Do not drive to the hospital. The faster a stroke is diagnosed and treatment begins, the better chance of a successful recovery. Know the BE FAST signs.

ANY one of these sudden SIGNS could mean a STROKE


Sudden loss of coordination or balance


Sudden change in vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes


Sudden weakness on one side of face, facial droop


Sudden weakness, numbness, or drift on one side when elevated


Slurred speech, trouble speaking, or understanding speech


TIME TO ACT, CALL 911 and immediately get to the nearest stroke center

Be prepared. Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

When stroke occurs, every minute counts. Do you know the signs, risks and what to do? Take our quiz to find out.

1. What does B.E.F.A.S.T. stand for?


2. What should you do if you think someone is having a stroke?


3. What is meant by "Time is Brain"?


4. "TIA" is short for transient ischemic attack. Which of the following is true about a TIA?


5. What is the most common risk factor for stroke?