Stroke Care

Stroke Care

Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

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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.

Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is a Comprehensive Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission and is a 2020 recipient of American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® Stroke GOLD PLUS quality achievement which is the highest honor for performance in reducing stroke related death and disability. We also received recognition from Target:StrokeSM honor roll elite plus for our commitment to rapid treatment.

With this certification Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care.

Multidisciplinary Stroke Team

The Stroke team at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital cohesively work together to improve outcomes and consists of the following:

  • Neurologists
  • Neurocritical Care Physicians
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurovascular Surgeons
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nursing
  • Neuro Radiology
  • Neuro Rehabilitation

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

Outcome Data

Stroke Interventional Procedures Outcomes 2018-2019  
Aneurysm Repair Procedures Mortality Rate 0%
Carotid Endarterectomy Procedures Mortality Rate 0%


  • Outcomes data for interventional procedures
    • Mortality Reports 2018-2019 for:
      • Angioplasty Extracranial Vessels (Carotid and Vertebral Stent procedures)
      • Carotid Endarterectomy procedures
      • Aneurysm Repair Procedures (Clipping/Coiling Procedures)
    • (We are either “0” or have an index <1 on these procedures)



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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