Stroke Volumes and Outcomes

Expert stroke care makes a difference. Henry Ford Hospital achieved Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission in 2016 – the first hospital to do so in Detroit and the fifth in the state of Michigan. We monitor our data and outcomes on a regular basis to ensure we are meeting quality and performance standards, and working to identify ways to continue to improve care. Anywhere you go to receive stroke care within Henry Ford Health System, you will be connected with stroke experts.

  • Stroke Volumes

    At Henry Ford Hospital, we are experienced in treating every type of stroke and working with patients to prevent future strokes. We treated 1,330 stroke patients in 2018. To learn about different types of stroke, click here.

    Henry Ford Hospital Stroke Patient Volumes by Diagnosis, 2018 (Total = 1,330 patients)

    bar graph showing HFH Stroke Diagnosis 2018

    Ischemic Stroke Transient Ischemic Attack  Intracerebral Hemorrhage
    Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Elective Carotid Intervention Only 
    HFH Stroke Diagnosis 2018
    69% 8% 13% 6%  4%

    IV alteplase (referred to as tPA) is a "clot-busting" drug that can be administered to patients experiencing an acute ischemic stroke up to 4.5 hours from when the patient was last known to be normal. The faster IV tPA can be administered, the better. At Henry Ford Hospital we continue to treat more patients each year.

    For patients who are experiencing an acute stroke due to a large vessel occlusion, they may be eligible for endovascular treatment where a cather is inserted through the groin up to the brain to remove the clot mechanically. Henry Ford Hospital is a TJC-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and continues to treat more patients each year with this procedure.

  • Stroke Discharge Locations

    When patients with stroke are discharged from Henry Ford Hospital, a higher percentage return home compared to other Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

    Henry Ford Hospital Stroke Patient Discharge Disposition, 2018

    Bar graph where patients went after discharge from HFH

    Where Stroke Patients Went After Discharge 2018
    Home Inpatient Rehab Facility Skilled Nursing Facility
    Long Term Care Hospital Acute Care Facility Hospice   Death  
    Henry Ford Hospital 48.7%
    15.3% 18.7%
    6.1%  6%
    Other Comprehensive Stroke Centers 44.6% 22.4% 14.9% 1.6% 1.5% 4.8% 9%
  • Stroke Program Performance

    As a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, Henry Ford Hospital monitors 18 measures of performance, and many others that align with the American Stroke Association or with internal measures of success. Compared to other Comprehensive Stroke Centers across the country, we perform the same or better on most measures. For more information on The Joint Commission Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Performance Measures, click here.

    bar graph of 2018 primary stroke performance measures

    Henry Ford Hospital Other Comprehensive Stroke Centers
    2018 Primary Stroke (STK) Performance Measures
    VTE Prophylaxis 99.8 97.9
    Antithrombotics at Discharge 99.1 99.6
    Anticoagulation 94.2 98
    IV Thrombolytics 100 94.8
    Early Anithrombotics 95.3 97.6
    Statins 99.1 98.5
    Stroke Education 97.4 96.8
    Assessed for Rehabilitation 99.8 99.4

    bar graph of 2018 comprehensive stroke performance measures

    *Lower is better for these measures.

    Henry Ford Hospital Other Comprehensive Stroke Centers
    2018 Comprehensive Stroke (CSTK) Performance Measures
    NIH Stroke Scale 89.3 84.3
    Severity Score 85.7 63
    Procoagulant Reversal 90.9
    Hemorrhagic Transformation Rate* 2.5 5.7
    Nimodipine Treatment 92.6
    Successful Reperfusion 81.5 84.5
     Arrival to Skin Puncture*  44  76
     Favorable MRS at 90-Days  49.5  40.1
     Arrival to Reperfusion  53.1  55.8
     Puncture to Reperfusion  46.5 61.7

  • Stroke Program Outcomes

    When it comes to acute stroke, time is brain!  Once you arrive to our emergency room, we focus on delivering care as fast as possible in order to provide the best possible outcome for our patients. We participate in the American Stroke Association Target: Stroke initiative. To learn more about Target: Stroke Measures, click here. To learn about our Emergency Department: click here.

    2018 Timeliness of Treatment


    Henry Ford Hospital


    Other Michigan Hospitals (if known) 

    % Door to IV tPA in < 60 minutes




    % Door to IV tPA in < 45 minutes


     > 50%



    Following thrombectomy (where a large clot is mechanically removed from a vessel in the brain), success of treatment is measured by how much of the vessel was opened and blood flow restored. A score of 2b or better means that > 50% of the blood flow was restored to the brain.

    2018 Successful Reperfusion following Mechanical Endovascular Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke


    Henry Ford Hospital &
    Henry Ford West Bloomfield


    Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction (TICI) Post-Treatment Reperfusion Grade of 2b or greater


    > 80%


    Procedures to prevent a stroke or a future stroke may include carotid endarterectomy (CEA) or carotid artery stenting (CAS) to open up the carotid artery if it becomes narrow. We monitor our complications from these procedures to ensure we are providing the safest, most appropriate care for our patients. To learn more about carotid procedures, click here. To learn about our Departments of Vascular Surgery and Neurosurgery, click here.

    2016 - 2018 Carotid Procedure Outcomes


    Henry Ford Hospital


    30-day stroke & death rate following symptomatic carotid endarterectomy & carotid artery stenting

    2/130 = 1.5%

    < 6%

    30-day stroke & death rate following asymptomatic carotid endarterectomy & carotid artery stenting

    1/69 = 1.4%

    < 3%


    Diagnostic cerebral angiographies are frequently performed to evaluate problems related to blood vessels of the brain, when a non-invasive CT or MRI scan is not adequate. They are invasive, radiological procedures that may result in serious complications (stroke or death), even in patients with no prior stroke. To learn about our Department of Radiology, click here.

    2016 - 2018 Diagnostic Cerebral Angiograms


    Henry Ford Hospital


    24-hour stroke & death rate following diagnostic cerebral angiogram

    3/1,890 = 0.2%

    < 1%

Take the next step
Let us help you schedule an appointment.

Schedule Appointment Online

If you are having an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Please do not utilize this scheduling feature for urgent medical situations.

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email

If you have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea in the last 14 days or been in close contact with someone suspected to have the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please contact our nurse line @ 313- 874-7500 prior to scheduling.

Schedule Appointment for