We are #RelentlessTogether is the 2021 theme to raise stroke awareness.

The National Stroke Awareness Month began in May 1989. It was created to promote public awareness and reduce the incidence of stroke in the United States. While many things have changed in the last 32 years for the better around stroke care, no one at the time of its creation could foresee what we have gone through in the last year alone. 

Hoag’s comprehensive Stroke Program is led by full-time neurohospitalists who specialize in advanced stroke management and intervention, and continue to develop best practice care pathways for optimal outcomes. As a founding member of the designated Comprehensive Stroke Neurology Receiving Centers in Orange County, Hoag helped pioneer many of the specialized processes and methods to reverse stroke when possible, and to optimize care for stroke patients. The ultimate outcome metric is the patient’s ability to return to a self-sufficient life, an outcome we measure in every patient with a 90-day survey.

Hoag’s Stroke Program is led by David Brown, M.D., a neurologist with a specialty in stroke and cerebrovascular disease and a neurohospitalist. Dr. Brown leads the dedicated, multi-disciplinary acute stroke team that provides immediate care to stroke patients, and meets regularly for process improvement.

Hoag is an official Get With The Guidelines Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) participant of the American Stroke Association, and as the program requires that hospitals meet a five-step standard including identification of a champion to develop, direct and mobilize teams that will implement patient treatment and discharge guidelines, Dr. Brown leads this entity.

Hoag’s Newport Beach campus is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and Hoag Irvine is a certified Primary Stroke Center by DNVGL. Hoag has been awarded the Stroke Gold PLUS Performance Achievement Award by the American Stroke Association for nine years in a row. In 2018, Hoag achieved the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

Hoag has dramatically increased the rate at which IV tPA is administered to all acute ischemic stroke patients – up from 2% a decade ago to 14% currently. This rate triples the national average of 5%. Of the patients arriving in the Emergency Department meeting the criteria for the drug, 100% of patients received treatment. At 90 days, 54% of Hoag’s stroke patients return to a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Upcoming Community Education Classes offered by Hoag

When: May 19, 2021

Time: 5:30 to 6:00 PM


  • Price: Free
  • Location: Live Stream
  • Registration Type: Online Registration

COVID-19 Notice: For the safety of our community, we are only offering live streaming and virtual classes at this time.

Stroke: Symptoms and Treatment Options

In this live stream, Dr. David Brown, a Hoag neurologist specialized in the treatment of strokes, will discuss the first signs of a stroke, the importance of a timely response, as well as explore the different treatment options available to patients.