Comprehensive Stroke Center
Rhode Island Hospital

Comparing Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Centers

Primary Stroke Center

Comprehensive Stroke Center
(Rhode Island Hospital)

Patient Care

Stabilize and treat most cases of acute ischemic stroke Cares for all types of stroke patients, both ischemic and hemorrhagic and including complex cases requiring advanced technology, specialized diagnosis and higher levels of treatment.

Advanced Imaging

No advanced imaging (such as CT angiography, CT perfusion or transcranial Doppler) required. 24/7 access to advanced imaging including CT angiography, CT perfusion, or transcranial Doppler required.

Interventional Neuroradiology

Not required. 24/7 access to intracranial endovascular interventions such as mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke, and embolization of aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations.

Neurocritical Care

No requirement for a separate neuroscience intensive care unit. Dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit staffed 24/7 with neurocritical care experts.


Access to neurosurgery within two hours. On-site neurosurgical team available 24/7 to perform complex neurovascular procedures, such as aneurysm clipping, arteriovenous malformation resection and carotid endarterectomy.

Patient Transfers

Sends complex patients and those who require advanced intervention to comprehensive stroke centers. Receives patients from primary stroke centers following stabilization.

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