Trusted for higher standard stroke care
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital and ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital are both designated as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission and have repeatedly received the Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Performance and Quality Award from the American Stroke Association. The award, which recognizes ProHealth Care's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care, has been received seven consecutive years at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and six consecutive years at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.
ProHealth Care also has specially trained staff to perform mechanical thrombectomy, a procedure that uses a catheter to extract cerebral blood clots. This method can remove a clot in a short period of time, reducing the risk of brain damage due to stroke.
Other benefits of choosing ProHealth's Stroke Programs:
In cases where treatment with IV TPA (clot-busting medication) was an option, our patients are receiving it more quickly than the national goal of 60 minutes within arrival of the hospital. Nine out of ten cases at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital received the medication within 60-minutes of arrival and diagnosis AND five of those nine cases receiving the medication in under 45 minutes. Of the 19 patients treated with IV TPA at Waukesha Memorial, nine of those patients were treated within 60 minutes. In five of the 19 cases, IV TPA was administered in less than 45 minutes.*Data based on time period of 1/7/2015 - 10/7/2015 (When TPA was not administered in less an 60 minutes it was most often due to cases requiring care for other conditions prior to TPA administration or initial refusal of treatment.)
ProHealth Care is the FIRST and ONLY system in Waukesha Country to perform mechanical thrombectomy, a procedure that uses a catheter to extract cerebral blood clots.
Patients who participate in ProHealth Care's Follow-Up Stroke/TIA clinic are far less likely to be readmitted to a hospital for stroke-related conditions.
On average, ProHealth Care sees 500 stroke patients a year between Waukesha and Oconomowoc Memorial Hospitals: 68 percent ischemic strokes, 10 percent hemorrhagic and 32 percent transicent ischemic attacks.
Our team consists of specialists from neurology, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, neuropsychology, physiatry, PT, OT, speech therapy and a dedicated nurse coordinator who collaborate to achieve the best possible outcomes.
- Nurses with intensive neuroscience training provide care 24/7 in the emergency department, intensive care unit, inpatient neurological and rehabilitation units.
- Our program was one of the first in the country to provide educational materials as voice-recorded CDs for patients who have difficulty reading due to stroke.
Stroke warning signs
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding (e.g., altered mental status, etc.)
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness (or syncope), loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause