Emergency Stroke Care & Rehabilition

The Froedtert Acute Stroke Team (FAST) is ready 24 hours a day to respond to the acute needs of stroke patients. Members have the training and expertise to treat all types of stroke safely and efficiently and a neurologist is available onsite around the clock. The stroke team provides:

  • Specialized protocols for rapid evaluation
  • Average door-to-CT (diagnosis) time less than 40 minutes
  • Average door-to-tPA time less than 60 minutes
  • More procedures for stroke intervention are performed at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin than any other hospital in Wisconsin.

Outstanding Stroke Care in Milwaukee, Wis. and Beyond

Collaboration with emergency medical services (EMS) and Flight For Life crews offers patients rapid, safe transport to our expert care from across the Milwaukee region, state and beyond. Emergency crew members communicate with neurocritical care physicians and FAST members to start vital care in route and to begin treatment as soon as possible upon hospital arrival.

The Stroke and Neurovascular Program received Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification which recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.


We were the first in Wisconsin and among the first in the nation to receive certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. To be certified, a stroke center like Froedtert & the Medical College must have a neurologist onsite 24 hours a day and demonstrate evidence-based patient outcomes at least twice a year. Care must be provided from a multi-disciplinary team of neurologists, emergency department specialists, radiologists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, technicians and more all working in a coordinated, collaborative system. Additionally, staff at Froedtert & the Medical College have been leaders in providing extensive training and guidance to other area hospitals seeking certification.

Proven, Evidence-Based Diagnostics and Treatment

The care of stroke patients at Froedtert & the Medical College is based on proven clinical evidence proven clinical evidence and established guidelines for stroke care. Froedtert & the Medical College are leading stroke quality improvement in the state of Wisconsin. 

We utilize diagnostic tests that pinpoint the location and cause of stroke. Advanced treatments — medication, neurosurgery and minimally invasive neuro-interventional treatments can stop the most common type of stroke if provided early enough. In some cases, advanced treatments provided by interventional neurologists can extend the window of treatment from a few hours to 12 hours and beyond.

Stroke Prevention and Rehabilitation

A focus on prevention – TIAs (“mini strokes”), stroke, heart attack and other conditions greatly increase stroke risk. We make it a priority to work with patients to minimize risk through lifestyle changes, medications and treatments. State-of-the-art Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit and Acute Care Units offer specialized care to stroke patients.

We also offer comprehensive stroke rehabilitation services to help patient’s recover to the best degree of functioning possible. Active clinical research aimed at finding new ways to treat stroke and prevent recurrent stroke.

Gold Plus Award/Highest Performance Achievement Award

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In 2013, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin earned the Gold Plus Award, the highest level of recognition from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Associations' Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Annual Performance Achievement Award. 

The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and measures. The Gold Plus Award recognizes hospitals that have completed two or more years of complying with quality measures at 85 percent or higher in each of seven core quality measures. 

Stroke Types, Warning Signs and Treatments

Despite its position as the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States, overall public awareness of stroke—its symptoms and treatments—remains relatively low. Know what a stroke is, its warning signs, treatments, and what you can do to reduce your risk.