ThedaCare Awarded Comprehensive Stroke Center Certifcation

Ensuring Access to Complete Stroke Care for Northeast and Central Wisconsin

NEENAH, Wis. – ThedaCare is proud to announce that it has received certification from DNV GL - Healthcare as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It’s important to have local access to treatment at the first sign of a stroke.

“We are honored to be recognized for the exceptional stroke care we provide for those living in Northeast and Central Wisconsin,” said Dr. Mark Cockley, Chief Clinical Officer and President of ThedaCare’s Clinically Integrated Network. “This certification from DNV GL validates all the effort we have put into this program and to ensuring the health and safety the communities we serve.”

The DNV GL - Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah has a long history of providing stroke care for the communities in Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The hospital was one of the first certified Primary Stroke Centers in the state, and is now the fifth hospital in Wisconsin to be recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. A Comprehensive Stroke Center has the specialists, infrastructure and resources needed to care for the most severe stroke patient. 

“From the moment a patient enters the doors at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah, we’re ready to treat every phase of their journey,” said Dr. Thomas Mattio, PhD, MD, neurologist with the Neuroscience Group and medical director of the ThedaCare Comprehensive Stroke Center. “Throughout the patient’s time with us, we have physician specialists, neurology-focused nursing care and rehabilitation services to help them through recovery. All team members are committed to helping patients preserve quality of life through a structured and methodical process designed to produce quality and safe outcomes.”

Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the most appropriate, reimbursable care.

“Being certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center means that patients and families have access to the critical care they need, close to home,” said Dr. Cockley. “With stroke care, you must have the best teams and resources, and also the ability to act organizationally with extreme efficiency because of the time-critical nature of these events.”

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah has partnerships with first responders and rural hospitals, and a 24-hour acute care to provide the best care. 

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL - Healthcare. “And it helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”