Stroke Center Earns National Certification

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Stroke and Neurovascular Program has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.


This makes the program part of an elite group of providers focused on offering the most advanced complex stroke care in the region.

In 2004, the Stroke and Neurovascular Center became the first in the state to receive certification as a Primary Stroke Center. The Center was among the first in the country to receive this distinction. Achieving Primary Stroke Center certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. The designation comes from the Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

According to the Joint Commission, by achieving advanced certification, Froedtert & the Medical College have demonstrated their commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients. Certification is a voluntary process. The Joint Commission commended Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin for successfully undertaking the challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.

Certification Demonstrates Commitment to High Caliber Stroke Care

Angiography Suite image

In our angiography suite, detailed images of blood vessels in the neck and brain are produced to help physicians locate blockages, aneurysms and other abnormalities.

As a Certified Stroke Center, the Froedtert & the Medical College program demonstrates its ability to provide care from a multi-disciplinary team. The team includes neurologists, neuro-interventionalists, emergency department specialists, radiologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, technicians and more all working in a coordinated, collaborative system. 

We are one of the only hospitals in the region that provides expert diagnosis and treatment 7/24, 365 days a year for acute stroke patients. This includes a dedicated Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit staffed by full-time, board-certified physicians specially trained for critical care patients.

Research Shows Better Outcomes in Primary Stroke Centers

There are numerous advantages for patients and their families at hospitals that are designated as Comprehensive Stroke Centers. Research from the American Stroke Association shows patients at such centers receive a higher quality of care more quickly with fewer complications, spend less time in the hospital and less time in rehabilitation. Comprehensive Stroke Centers also experience reduced costs, morbidity and mortality, and provide a safer environment that results in better patient outcomes.