Community Memorial

Stroke Center

Stroke imageEach year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Recognizing symptoms and acting fast to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities. Community Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department is staffed 24/7 with board-certified emergency physicians and nurses who are also trained in advanced stroke care.

Multi-disciplinary Care

Our Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center distinction from the Joint Commission demonstrates that we follow the national guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. To receive this distinction, Community Memorial Hospital demonstrated its ability to provide care from a multi-disciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency department specialists, radiologists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, technicians and more all working in a coordinated, collaborative system.

With our new telestroke capabilities, our physicians have access to round-the-clock, real-time video consultations with stroke specialists at Froedtert Hospital, leading to even faster diagnosis and treatment.

Our rehabilitation services also received accreditation for Stroke Specialty Program by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This achievement is an indication of Community Memorial's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the patients we serve.

Warning Signs of Stroke

Signs and symptoms of a stroke include a sudden onset of:
  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of body
  • Blurred or reduced vision
  • Slurred speech or difficulty understanding
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Severe headache with no apparent reason

Note: not all of these warning signs occur in every stroke.

If you suspect you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 IMMEDIATELY.

Affiliation with Eastern Wisconsin's Only Academic Medical Center

Community Memorial Hospital's affiliation with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin means that our patients have access to even more life-saving treatments.

Types of Stroke

Ischemic Stroke

Ischemic stroke occurs when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic.

A transient ischemic stroke (TIA) is a "mini stroke" or "warning stroke" that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage; an obstruction (blood clot) occurs for a short time and tends to resolve itself. TIAs are strong indicators of a possible major stroke.

Ischemic stroke can be treated in some patients during the first three hours of an attack, using thrombolytic (clot-busting) drugs such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which dissolves blood clots and can help restore blood flow to the brain.

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks leaking blood into the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account for 13 percent of all strokes, yet are responsible for more than 30 percent of all stroke deaths.

Stroke Support Group

Our Stroke Club provides ongoing support for stroke survivors, their families, friends and caregivers. Meetings comprise guest speakers on an array of topics, followed by sharing time for club members in a relaxed, positive and caring atmosphere. The club meets 1:30-3 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in Treiber Conference Center 3. For more information, call Careconnection at (262) 251-1001.

Helpful Resources

www.stroke.org
www.americanheart.org 
www.froedtert.com/stroke
www.jointcommission.org/CertificationPrograms/PrimaryStrokeCenters/