Aspirus Riverview Hospital Recognized for Stroke Care

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Surviving a stroke requires fast action and excellent care. Aspirus Riverview Hospital was recently recognized for providing exceptional stroke care by the Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program. The award is given to the hospitals with the lowest stroke readmission rate, based on Wisconsin Department of Health Services hospital discharge data.
“Providing outstanding care for our stroke patients requires great teamwork by nurses, physicians, and medical professionals throughout the entire hospital,” said Rochelle Anderson-Tesch BSN, RN, CEN, Emergency Department Team Lead and Stroke Nurse Coordinator with Aspirus Riverview Hospital.
Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. 

Surviving a stroke requires knowing the signs and getting immediate care – BE FAST:

BALANCE – Sudden loss of coordination or balance
EYES – Sudden change in vision
FACE – Sudden weakness on one side of the face or facial droop
ARM – Sudden arm or leg numbness or weakness
SPEECH – Sudden slurred speech, trouble speaking, trouble understanding speech
TERRIBLE HEADACHE – Sudden onset of a terrible headache

Seven things you can do to help decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke:

  • Manage blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol
  • Reduce blood sugar
  • Get active
  • Eat better
  • Lose weight
  • Stop smoking
Since 2017, Aspirus Riverview has held Advanced Certification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by The Joint Commission. Advanced Certification recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a primary or comprehensive stroke center by offering:
  • A dedicated stroke-focused program
  • Staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
  • Collaboration with local emergency management agencies
  • 24/7 ability to perform rapid diagnostic and laboratory testing
  • Ability to administer intravenous clot-busting medications to eligible patients
  • Availability of telemedicine technology