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 10 consecutive years at Waukesha Memorial and nine consecutive years at Oconomowoc Memorial.

ProHealth Care is the first system in Waukesha Country to use RAPID CT perfusion software, the most advanced brain imaging software available for identifying treatment options for emergency stroke patients. At hospitals that have RAPID CTP, doctors can quickly and comprehensively visualize reductions in blood flow to the brain and early signs of brain injury. The new technology provides detailed, objective images, allowing for increased accuracy in image interpretation by the stroke care team.

Our team 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) is an option, our patients are receiving it more quickly than the national goal of 60 minutes within arrival of the hospital. 

  • ProHealth Care is the FIRST 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

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