When it comes to treating stroke, time is critical. Every minute a stroke goes untreated, the brain loses about 2 million neurons it can never recover. That’s why you need care that is quick, coordinated and cutting edge – so not a moment is wasted and you have a greater chance of recovery.

The experts of OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute (OSF INI) have established a high standard of stroke care for every hospital in the OSF system – all so you get the care you need as quickly as possible. OSF INI treatment centers focus on you and not just your condition. We know your recovery is based on not only the physical, but also your mental and emotional well-being, so we make sure you and your support system are involved from beginning to end of your treatment.

Our comprehensive range of services – from preventive care to emergent treatment and through your recovery and rehabilitation – makes for stress-free transitions from one stage of care to the next. Plus, you get peace of mind of knowing your whole care team is in communication, so no detail gets lost in transition.

Great care depends on you to get it started. You need to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and get to the hospital right away. The four signs of stroke can be remembered with the acronym B.E. F.A.S.T. When you spot these signs, you need to call 911 right away.

B – Balance issues

E – Eyesight is blurry

F – Facial drooping

A – Arm weakness

S – Slurring speech

T – Time to call 911

Highest Level of Stroke Care

Two OSF HealthCare hospitals in Illinois have been designated as Comprehensive Stroke Centers, the highest level of certification available.

OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria first earned the designation in 2012, becoming the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in the state and the second ever in the nation. OSF Saint Francis received recertification in 2014 and 2018.

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford received the designation in 2018, becoming the only hospital in the Rockford region to achieve the certification.

What makes a hospital a Comprehensive Stroke Center?  

  • The ability to treat large volumes of ALL types of strokes, with EVERY known treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Highly-trained, highly-specialized staff
  • Most advanced imaging capabilities available
  • Demonstration of interdisciplinary stroke care with low procedural complications and favorable patient outcomes

Stroke Network

The OSF INI Comprehensive Stroke Center at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is the epicenter of a stroke treatment network which serves 25 hospitals. Developed in 1997, the network was created to allow rural hospitals to provide the same urgent and quality of care by collaborating with a larger hospital. When treating a stroke, time is crucial and this network is based on a joint effort to provide the right treatment in a time-sensitive window.

The OSF INI Stroke Center is led by Dr. David Wang, a member of the American Academy of Neurology Stroke Section Leadership Team. Dr. Wang and his nationally recognized stroke team is your team. These pioneers in stroke treatment utilize cutting edge treatments and participate in the latest research. This means that when a new treatment is discovered, they more than likely had a hand in developing it.

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