OSF Saint James Earns Stroke Designation from IDPH

5/22/2014 - Pontiac, Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has named OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital following the creation of stroke care systems in Illinois. The recognition demonstrates the State of Illinois’ confidence in the hospital’s quality and delivery of care for stroke. 

“OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center is committed to serving our community and stroke patients with the highest quality of care by providing excellent stroke care resulting in positive patient outcomes,” said Paula Porter, Neuroscience Service Line Leader of the OSF HealthCare Eastern Region. 

“I am so proud of the collaboration between our EMS agencies, Emergency Department staff, Radiology Department and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center to earn this designation. A lot of hard work, education and on-going process improvement made this achievement possible. We provide excellent care to all stroke patients at OSF Saint James,” said Susanna Legner, RN, BSN, OSF Saint James’ Emergency Department Director. 

In May 2009, the State amended the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act to create systems for stroke care and designate which hospitals meet the necessary requirements to respond to stroke patients immediately upon arrival. The legislation allows IDPH to designate two levels of care: Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital (ERSH) and Primary Stroke Center (PSC). 

An Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital (ERSH) signifies a hospital that is prepared to treat a stroke patient according to standard practice and nationally approved guidelines. A Primary Stroke Center (PSC) is a hospital having the required 24/7 staffing, medication, and training needed to handle a significant number of stroke cases each year and is equipped to handle strokes requiring advanced treatments. 

In the event of a stroke, think FAST. FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. 

  • Face - Ask the person to smile or show teeth. Is the person's smile uneven or one side drooping?
  • Arm - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the speech slurred? Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • Time - If one of these symptoms is present, don’t drive; call 9-1-1 and check the time for when the first symptoms appeared. 

For more information on stroke services at OSF Saint James, go to www.osfsaintjames.org/services/neurology

For helpful information on stroke prevention, warning signs and other resources, go to www.strokeassociation.org.



Pam Meiner
Community Relations Coordinator
(815) 842-4986