HCA Virginia’s hospitals near Richmond have been caring for stroke patients longer than any other hospital in the area, so you can rely on us for the fast response and effective treatment you need to save your brain and safeguard your quality of life during a stroke. Designed with your treatment and well-being in mind, our specialized HCA Virginia neuroscience intensive care units (NSICUs) with transitional step-down facilities set the standard in the region for quality stroke care. Our comprehensive stroke care and stroke recovery program offers a complete range of medical and surgical interventions, as well as stroke rehabilitation services for inpatients and outpatients.

"Code Neuro"

All HCA Virginia hospitals have an advanced stroke center accredited through The Joint Commission.. The campus of Chippenham and Johnston-Willis is certified by DNV Healthcare as an advanced primary stroke center, and Johnston-Willis Hospital is comprehensive certified by DNV and is the only non-academic facility certified as such in the commonwealth. This means we meet and exceed standards that ensure the best stroke care and stroke recovery care for you. When we're notified of a potential stroke patient, our HCA Virginia stroke care team calls a “Code Neuro.” That's our well-established and highly integrated process for response, diagnosis and treatment of stroke, linking local first responders, outlying community hospitals and all HCA Virginia hospitals in Richmond. With this system, our care for you begins before you even get to the hospital and improves care for you during your time with us.

Continuing care and support

HCA Virginia’s hospitals arm you with a range of stroke recovery resources, including support groups and rehabilitation services. Other services and resources include:

The Stroke Peer Visitor Program at Johnston-Willis is the only program of its kind in Virginia. The program offers volunteers the opportunity to learn what life after a stroke is like from those who are living it.

The Stroke Peer Visitor Program began in 2001 at J-W, based on a partnership among the American Stroke Association, HCA Virginia and the Richmond Chapter of Mended Hearts. The program continues to educate and support individuals and families who suddenly face a stroke diagnosis by pairing stroke survivors and caregivers with new stroke survivors in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and other community locations.

Volunteering with the Stroke Peer Visitor Program

If you’re interested in becoming a Stroke Peer Visitor Program volunteer, you can make a valuable contribution to the lives of other survivors. Your shining example can serve as proof that there's life after stroke and that it's worth living. Volunteer qualifications include:

  • Stroke survivor or caregiver
  • Successful completion of the Stroke Peer Visitor Program training course
  • Desire to help others in an unselfish and caring manner
  • Willingness to respect the privacy, individuality, beliefs and dignity of the family affected by stroke
  • Willingness to be a team player and recognize that visiting is a team effort
  • Willingness to continually improve visiting skills
  • Commitment to being personally responsible for your own health and well-being, so you serve as a positive example

Local groups can request educational speakers from HCA Virginia on topics related to stroke awareness. Presenters are healthcare professionals focused on delivering the most up-to-date and accurate information possible. Call (804) 327-7465 to discuss your group’s needs and interests.

Our driving evaluation specialists provides assistance with the abilities and competencies needed for driving. Read more about this and other rehabilitation services.

We offer in-depth evaluations and driver training programs taught by registered occupational therapists who have studied the social, emotional and physiological implications of illness and injury. They evaluate each patient's medical history and driving record and assess physical, cognitive and sensory motor skills. Our specialists determine whether or not participants need adaptive equipment and help them find the appropriate equipment for their personal vehicles. Our team provides evaluation and instruction in both clinical and actual driving settings. On-road evaluation and instruction allows participants to practice on a driving range as well as in rural, suburban and highway settings. Participants learn to handle a variety of scenarios including:

  • ~ Hazardous and emergency situations
  • ~ Parking
  • ~ Driving in reverse
  • ~ Managing turns
  • ~ Acceleration and braking
  • ~ Drive-through windows

Request a Referral

Participants in our driving programs must have a referral from their physician. For more information, contact us at 804.267.6720.

Our Driving Assessment and Education Program is licensed and approved by the Virginia Departments of Motor Vehicles and Education, and we provide services as a vendor for the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services. Each of our driving instructors is licensed by the Department of Commerce.

  • American Stroke Association’s Stroke Family Warmline: Free patient-support service that helps families learn about stroke; call (888) 4STROKE or (888) 478-7653
  • National Stroke Association
  • Saeboflex helps stroke survivors regain use of their hands even decades after their stroke; call (804) 267-6720 for a consultation
  • Learn more about decreasing your stroke risk from Stroke.org
  • Learn more about stroke in our online health library

See stroke services offered at our locations

Chippenham Hospital, a campus of CJW Medical Center, is the only Level II trauma center in the city of Richmond. Our 466-bed hospital provides elite cardiovascular care at Levinson Heart Institute. We also offer a dedicated pediatric emergency room (ER), a center for surgical innovation and Tucker Pavilion, which has provided behavioral health services to Central Virginia for more than a century.

We are a Joint Commission certified primary stroke center.

Learn more about Chippenham Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

Henrico Doctors' Hospital is a 340-bed acute-care hospital offering advanced medical technology in a community hospital setting. We are one of the nation's most honored community hospitals, delivering innovative healthcare solutions through the region's leading doctors and technology.

We are a Joint Commission certified primary stroke center.

Learn more about Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

John Randolph Medical Center, a 147-bed acute-care hospital, has provided Virginia’s residents of Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and the surrounding area with high quality care in a family-oriented setting for more than 90 years. We combine personalized care with the sophisticated technology commonly found in larger hospitals.

We are a Joint Commission certified primary stroke center. Our stroke services include a 24-hour emergency room (ER) certified in stroke care core measures.

Learn more about John Randolph Medical Center’s awards and accreditations.

Retreat Doctors' Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, is a full-service community hospital in Richmond, VA, that offers a unique blend of traditional acute-care services and progressive, specialty programs. Our comprehensive wound healing center has been accredited with distinction for hyperbaric oxygen service. With a special combination of technology and personalized service, we are committed to providing high quality care in a warm and caring environment. We are a designated Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) facility, indicating the highest commitment to the enhanced treatment and care of elderly patients.

We are a Joint Commission certified primary stroke center.

Learn more about Retreat Doctors’ Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

Johnston-Willis Hospital, a campus of CJW Medical Center, is a 292-bed acute care hospital, Level III trauma center, and comprehensive stroke center. We have all private rooms and are known for both clinical excellence and specialty care. We are home to the award-winning Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, as well as a neuroscience and Gamma Knife center.

We are a Joint Commission certified primary stroke center and certified comprehensive stroke center.

Learn more about Johnston-Willis Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

Parham Doctors' Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, is located in the west end of Richmond. It is a leading acute-care hospital offering advanced medical technology in a community setting. Our campus is home to the orthopedic hospital, one of the most honored joint and spine programs in the state.

We are a Joint Commission certified primary stroke center. Our stroke services include emergency and advanced stroke care.

Learn more about Parham Doctors’ Hospital’s awards and accreditations.