Aurora BayCare Medical Center Received Comprehensive Stroke Center Accreditation

The hospital is the first to obtain the most advanced certification in the region


Green Bay, Wis.Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the first and only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The hospital with the area’s largest team of neurointervention specialists have met rigorous requirements to achieve the Comprehensive Stroke Center certification.

“This Comprehensive Stroke Center certification means patients in Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan now have access to the highest standard in stroke expertise,” said Dr.Ziad Darkhabani, interventional neurologist at Aurora BayCare. “Our expert care team and state-of-the-art resources ensure that we have the specific ability to treat the most complex stroke cases.”

Certification is a voluntary process and hospital systems pursuing this certification must participate in an evaluation by expert surveyors maintain accreditation with DNV GL Healthcare or another accreditation. The high standards set forth by the Comprehensive Stroke Center certification indicate that Aurora BayCare is better prepared to assist all stroke patients.

We are committed to offering our patients access to 24/7 emergent stroke and aneurysm care,” said Susan Zimmermann, MSN, CNRN, SCRN, director of nursing at the NeuroCare Brain and Spine Center at Aurora BayCare, “Recently we moved our biplane procedure room closer to the emergency department, lessening the time it takes for patients to get access to immediate care.”

In addition, Aurora BayCare furthers its commitment to advanced neurology and stroke services by offering patients access to clinical trials and conducting research in the field. Even surrounding communities have access to Aurora BayCare’s acute stroke team, through their telestroke program. Through teleneurology, patients can have a consultation with an acute stroke specialist and receive a treatment recommendation sooner.

According to the American Stroke Association, an estimated 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year and making stroke the number five cause of death in the United States. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is proud to be among the leaders in stroke care as one of four accredited Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the state of Wisconsin.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic.  Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

BayCare Clinic,, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

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