Primary Stroke Center of Excellence

St. Vincent’s Primary Stroke Center of Excellence is fully equipped to begin instant interventions that can make an enormous difference in a stroke patient’s outcome including immediate use of effective medications and therapies.

Every 40 seconds in the United States each year, someone suffers a stroke. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the country, annually striking about 795,000 Americans. In Connecticut, stroke kills more than 1,800 annually.

St. Vincent's Primary Stroke Center of Excellence 

We offer comprehensive life-saving stroke services from diagnosis and testing to treatment and recovery. For all patients, the goal is to prevent further brain damage from the stroke, whether it is caused by blockage of blood flow or bleeding from burst blood vessel in the vein.

  • A stroke team with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke on call 24/7
  • Rapid medical attention in our Emergency Department using state-of-the art stroke protocols for medications and therapies
  • Stroke director board certified in neurology and fellowship trained in vascular critical-care neurology
  • 24/7 Neurosurgical services, radiology and laboratory support
  • Highly trained professionals and gold standard Intensive Care Unit
  • A designated stroke unit dedicated to stroke care
  • Stroke rounds twice a week involving a multidisciplinary team

Early identification of rehabilitation needs and inclusion of the patient and family for follow-up stroke care at home or at our acute rehabilitation unit. Services include stroke support group, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and other services to help the patient live an independent life.

A Leader in Stroke Treatment

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a recognized leader in stroke prevention and treatment and was designated by The Joint Commission. To achieve this important recognition, a medical center:

  • Must have detailed protocols ensuring rapid stroke diagnosis and treatment
  • Must meet strict American Stroke Association practice standards
  • Must follow The Brain Attack Coalition

St. Vincent’s Medical Center also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for six consecutive years. The award recognizes St. Vincent’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients including improving stroke care and outcomes.

Meet our Neurologists

Name Specialties Location
Matmati, Kelly, MD 203.332.1949
  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Bridgeport
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Stroke Center