Froedtert Hospital 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 the fall of 2012, the Joint Commission established the Comprehensive Stroke Center certification to "recognize the significant differences in resources, staff and training that are necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases" at an advanced level by proving the "specialized care that can lead to better outcomes." Froedtert & MCW received their third Comprehensive Stroke Center Designation in 2017.
Froedtert Hospital became one of the first organizations in the state and country to achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center and has maintained this certification ongoing. Prior to offering this higher level of advanced stroke certification, the Joint Commission had offered Primary Stroke Center certification which Froedtert hospital has earned and maintained since 2004.
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
As a Certified Comprehensive 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 Comprehensive 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.