Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield Certified as Primary Stroke Center

Now, more than ever before, people in central and northern Wisconsin have better options and better access to specialized acute stroke care, treatment, prevention, and recovery. Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield is certified as a Primary Stroke Center, the only one in central and northern Wisconsin.

The certification, granted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)*, recognizes that Saint Joseph’s Hospital demonstrates its ability to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients by having specially trained Marshfield Clinic physicians, hospital nurses, support staff and brain imaging services available to provide fast, highly skilled treatment that improves stroke patients’ chances of recovery.

A Certified Primary Stroke Center:

  • Provides rapid-response stroke treatment, including the administration of tPA, the clot-busting drug.
    • St. Joseph’s Hospital also provides endovascular treatment options (such as intra-arterial t-PA or removal of the clot), for patients who may not qualify or arrive in time for intravenous t-PA.
  • Operates designated, inpatient stroke-care units
  • Uses comprehensive stroke-care protocols
  • Maintains an integrated system for managing stroke patients

The hospital also demonstrates compliance in:

  • Consensus-based national standards
  • Effective use of primary stroke center recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
  • Performance measurement and improvement activities

“Research has indicated that patients have better care and outcomes when treated at a primary stroke center,” said Michael Kryda, MD, Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The certification of Saint Joseph’s Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center exemplifies the commitment of our stroke care team in making exceptional efforts to give patients the best, individualized treatment possible. It also further demonstrates our commitment to Our Promise of keeping patients first in everything we do.”

Each year, approximately 750,000 people in the United States suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious disability. According to the National Stroke Association, the earlier a stroke is diagnosed and treatment begun, the better the functional outcome for the patient.

Saint Joseph’s Hospital stroke care program includes rapid stroke assessment and recognition (starting with EMS providers in the field), rapid emergency room care, dedicated stroke neurologist, endovascular neurology and neurosurgery, ability to perform brain imaging and administer t-PA around the clock, dedicated inpatient stroke care unit and staff, in-house rehabilitation unit, and patient education and support.

*JCAHO is the nation’s predominant health care standards setting and accrediting organization.

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