Trauma Stroke & Heart Attack Care

At Danbury Hospital, we’re equipped for and well prepared to handle the most serious medical emergencies. We are a Level II Trauma Center. Our Mary Ellen and Samuel Klein, MD Critical Care Unit has won national quality awards. We are a certified Stroke Center, offering optimal care quickly and efficiently for patients suffering stroke. For patients experiencing an acute heart attack, Danbury Hospital is certified as a Primary Angioplasty Center.

As a Level II Trauma Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons, Danbury Hospital offers expert 24/7 care by trauma specialists, including trauma surgeons and emergency physicians. We have been recognized for the quality of our care on multiple levels, including our consistently quick response time, the commitment of our physicians and the multidisciplinary care provided by our nursing staff.

Services include:

  • Round-the-clock trauma care for adult and pediatric patients
  • Multidisciplinary care from board-certified emergency medicine physicians, general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pediatricians, surgical physician assistants, nurses and other experienced clinical staff
  • Advanced facilities, including the latest in diagnostic technology. Operating rooms are easily accessible, located nearby.

If needed, it’s comforting to know that Danbury Hospital’s Mary Ellen and Samuel Klein, MD Critical Care Unit has been nationally recognized for providing an exemplary level of care. We are “Leapfrog Compliant,” an elite ranking achieved by approximately 15% of the nation’s hospitals; in recent years, we’ve also earned the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses three times.

Danbury Hospital is a certified Stroke Center. This means that our highly trained Emergency Department staff follows the optimal care guidelines to save lives and brain function in people thought to be having a stroke. Following a fast but thorough evaluation, appropriate treatment is delivered quickly to minimize long-term consequences.

Research clearly shows a link between rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke with improved outcomes and restoration of function. Our Brain Attack stroke response team is available 24/7 to quickly assess patients, make a diagnosis, and begin treatment, including using tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) clot-dissolving medication when appropriate.

Our comprehensive and integrated continuum of care begins in our fully equipped Emergency Department and includes radiology, neurology and neurosurgery services; a nationally recognized critical care unit; and acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation care.

As a primary stroke center, Danbury Hospital remains on the forefront of rapid and effective stroke care and continues to incorporate the latest, effective treatments.

Look out for stroke warning signs and remember to Think FAST:

F – Facial Droop
A – Arm Weakness
S – Speech Slurred
T – Time to Call 911

*This acronym is used nationally by the American Stroke Association for public awareness.

Danbury Hospital’s Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center is certified as a Primary Angioplasty Center. All patients suspected of having a heart attack are evaluated on the spot, either by EMS or the emergency physician. If the diagnosis is confirmed, patients are taken quickly to the Cardiac Cath Lab to receive life-saving care in a way that minimizes the likelihood of long-term consequences.

Our Emergency Angioplasty Program meets and often exceeds national standards for the length of time it takes for interventional cardiologists to restore blood flow to a patient’s heart. We are committed to providing care that follows nationally accepted practice guidelines for heart attack.