Seconds matter 


When blood can’t reach your brain, it’s a race against the clock to boost your chances of survival and improve your quality of life.

Aurora BayCare is committed to improving stroke care. That's why we offer a Telestroke Program to bring our stroke experts to community hospitals without access to urgent neurological care. It's also why we participate in the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke program and have earned a Gold Plus rating for our response time and patient results. We are also certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and recognized as a Coverdell Stroke Care Partner for stroke education and care improvement.

The New Standard Is Here

Our stroke care standards include:

The Aurora BayCare stroke team provides crucial, time-sensitive care to minimize the damage of stroke and provide quality of life after a stroke.

Choose Aurora BayCare Stroke Services

Aurora BayCare provides comprehensive neurological services, including:

  • The largest neurointervention team of specialists including the region's first and only interventional neurologist
  • Our medical staff includes nationally recognized physicians specialized in stroke response.
  • The first in Northeast Wisconsin to treat stroke patients with SOLITAIRE clot-removing technology.

Emergency stroke program

Aurora BayCare’s emergency department is prepared to respond quickly to stroke symptoms.
In accordance with national guidelines, Aurora BayCare has rapid-response stroke protocol in its emergency department. Emergency staff is prepared to detect stroke and, when appropriate, treat stroke patients with tPA, a powerful anti-clotting medication that must be administered within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. Aurora BayCare's team can also treat stroke remotely through the Aurora BayCare Telestroke Program.

Warning Signs of a Stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency. Know the warning signs. The earlier treatment is received, the more effective it is. Call 9-1-1 if you see or have any of these symptoms.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Seconds matter! Act F.A.S.T.

Fewer than one in five Americans can identify even one stroke symptom. That’s why Aurora BayCare is asking people to learn F.A.S.T.!

F = Face (Ask a person to smile. Does one side of the face sag or droop?)

A = Arms (Ask a person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?)

S = Speech (Ask the person to repeat a single sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?)

T = Time (Seconds matter. Call 911 or get to the nearest primary stroke center or hospital.)

Learn more about recognizing a stroke.

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