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Aurora BayCare Medical Center earns stroke center certification

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

GREEN BAY, Wis., The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has awarded “Primary Stroke Center Certification” to Aurora BayCare Medical Center 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 Emergency Department. Clinical outcomes have shown rapid response is critical and that outcomes deteriorate the longer treatment is delayed.

"Stroke is really on the threshold of where the treatment for heart disease was 30 years ago,” said James Napier, M.D., a neurologist and medical director of the stroke program at Aurora BayCare. “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 third 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 United States.

“The sooner a stroke patient gets to the hospital, the sooner we can begin treatment,” Napier 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 BayCare’s Stroke Center features Green Bay’s only interventional neuroradiologist plus emergency medicine specialists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, intensivists and nurses specially trained in stroke treatment. Advanced neuroendovascular therapies available at Aurora BayCare include administration of tPA – a clot busting medication – as well as the Merci clot retriever. Both interventions help restore blood flow to the brain.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint effort of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic.

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 has care sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

BayCare Clinic facilities are staffed by nearly 100 physicians, surgeons and specialty providers representing the very best of 20 medical specialties. As northeastern Wisconsin’s largest independent physician-owned organization, BayCare is dedicated to providing patient choice and high quality care.

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