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Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center earns Stroke Center certification

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has awarded "Primary Stroke Center Certification" to Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center (ASMMC) following an on-site review of the hospital's services.

Designation as primary Stroke Centers requires that patients receive medical attention within 15 minutes of arrival to the ER. Clinical outcomes have shown rapid response is critical and that outcomes deteriorate the longer treatment is delayed. ASMMC is the 14th hospital in the state to achieve Primary Stroke Center certification by the Joint Commission.

"Stroke is really on the threshold of where the treatment for heart disease was 30 years ago," said Lynn Stern, stroke coordinator of the stroke program at ASMMC. "There is a tremendous focus not only on prevention by aggressive management of risk factors, but also on awareness and early recognition of symptoms."

Each year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the 3rd leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stoke is also the leading cause of disability in the U.S.

"The sooner a stroke patient gets to the hospital, the sooner we can begin treatment," Stern said. "It is getting to the hospital quickly -- a hospital that has the latest treatments in place and also proven protocols for stroke care -- that can spare many patients the burden of life-long disability."

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center Stroke Center emergency medicine specialists, neurologists, intensivists and nurses are specially trained in stroke treatment.

Neuroendovascular therapies available at ASMMC include the administration of TPA - a clot busting medication. It helps restore blood flow to the brain.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Mark Kantola (920-451-5135)

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