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Acute Stroke Ready Certification

Antigo, Wis. Aspirus Langlade Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Acute Stroke Ready Certification.

Aspirus Langlade Hospital underwent a rigorous, onsite survey on February 14, 2020. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including:

  • Facilitation and delivery of the most current evidence-based care which includes telehealth to get the specialist, a neurologist, to the patient bedside timely.
  • Establishing and maintaining a defined process for treatment of suspected stroke patients throughout Aspirus Langlade Hospital.
  • Assuring time-sensitive treatment including medication and transfer arrangements if necessary.

Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“Acute Stroke Ready Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Aspirus Langlade Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate Aspirus Langlade Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association.

Aspirus Langlade Hospital started its journey to Acute Stroke Ready five years ago by training and preparing their staff and physicians with the latest standards for stroke care. They have since added telestroke technology and have advanced their capabilities to recognize and treat stroke patients in a rapid and efficient manner.

“Receiving the Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital Advanced Certification for Aspirus Langlade Hospital is part of our commitment to the community to continue providing the most up to date, high quality care. It is important for our community to know the signs of a stroke and that treating those symptoms in a short window of just a few hours is critical. We are so proud of our entire team at Aspirus Langlade Hospital who have worked on this project over the last five years to meet the strict requirements. Achieving this certification is a significant accomplishment” says Sherry Bunten, Vice President Patient Care & Chief Nursing Officer, Aspirus Langlade Hospital.

As we recognize May as National Stroke awareness month, please remember to BE FAST to recognize the signs of a stroke:

Balance - watch for sudden loss of balance         

Eyes - check for vision loss


Face - look for an uneven smile

Arm - check if one arm is weak

Speech - listen for slurred speech

Time - call 911 right away


For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.