Stroke Care

Cottage Health Neuroscience - Stroke

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To find out more about neuroscience care and treatment at the Cottage Health's Neuroscience Institute (SBNI), or to request an appointment, please call our neuroscience care center at 1-844-282-7246.

If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, it’s crucial to get to the right hospital immediately. With stroke, time lost is brain lost, and every minute is crucial for the best outcome. The certified stroke center at Cottage Health Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers the most advanced life-saving care.

Recognized for Excellence in Stroke Care

Our stroke program was the first on the Central Coast to earn the Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission, a leading health care accreditation agency. That means the team of extensively trained stroke specialists and the staff of Cottage Health have demonstrated the highest level of standards and guidelines to improve stroke outcomes.

Cottage Health has achieved excellence in these Joint Commission requirements:

  • Compliance with national standards for stroke care
  • Effective use of primary stroke center recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize stroke care
  • Evaluate ways to improve performance and clinical practice, thereby improving patient care and outcomes

Comprehensive Stroke Program

Cottage Health stroke program provides the following key features which are typically offered only in large academic medical centers:

  • Comprehensive multi-disciplinary team approach to care
  • Neuroendovascular surgeon
  • Critical care neuro-intensivist
  • Stroke interventions such as clot retrieval and intra-arterial thrombolytic therapy
  • Resource for emotional support for families
  • Community education on stroke prevention


Patient Testimonial: Kathy Oehler

Kathy Oehler - Cottage Health Neuroscience

Kathy Oehler and her husband Richard Strasburg had just returned to their home in Morro Bay one evening after going out. Later that evening, Richard found Kathy in a catatonic state, unable to talk, with a stunned look on her face. She was taken to a local hospital and then helicoptered to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Tests showed Kathy suffered a severe brain hemorrhage from an aneurysm.

The neuroscience team at Cottage performed surgery and placed her into an induced coma to help her swollen brain heal. Kathy spent 30 days at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and then another three weeks at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. Today, Kathy is doing well and enjoying life with her husband in Morro Bay.


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