The stroke coordinator is integral to patient outcomes and an institution’s stroke program

Defining the role of the stroke coordinator

Stroke coordinators are passionate about helping patients get the best treatment and have a unique position in understanding the time-sensitive nature of stroke. Their roles are instrumental in correcting stroke care deficiencies and coordinating performance improvement. Their sphere of influence includes:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Implementing quality methodology
  • Education

The success of patient outcomes and the stroke program are dependent on the stewardship of the stroke coordinator.

Activase® (alteplase) stroke reporting


  • Measuring the impact of a stroke program may improve patient outcomes such as increased survival, increased discharge to home, decreased complications, and decreased length of hospital stay. 11


  • CMS requires reporting on designated quality measures in order to receive a higher annual update to Medicare MS-DRG rates. 12 To avoid a 2% penalty in Medicare reimbursement, hospitals must report all Hospital IQR measures. 12