Stroke Center

Backus Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke center by the state Department of Public Health.iStock-598805218

In addition, we earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, both of which represent symbols of quality. Learn more.

Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® | American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers


Technology & Procedures

Backus offers rapid and comprehensive stroke care for patients, while at the same time offering stroke education to improve outcomes and limit the number of strokes.

The Stroke Center’s multidisciplinary team, which includes physicians, floor nurses, nurse educators, rehabilitation specialists, pharmacists and dietitians, helps reach stroke patients early with treatment and education to improve outcomes and lesson hospitalization time.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Connecticut and the number one cause of adult disability. One in four strokes occur in patients less than 65. To be a stroke center, hospitals must demonstrate they have the necessary infrastructure, staffing and services to stabilize and treat most stroke patients.


Meet our Stroke Center Providers:

Name Specialties Location
Heilman, Kelly, APRN
860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • Neurology
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  • Waterford
  • West Hartford
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Okasha, Mahmoud Sarwat, MD
860.886.1508
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
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  • Norwich
Tinklepaugh, David Lee, MD
860.886.1433
  • Neurology
  • Norwich

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