Aspirus Langlade Hospital awarded Acute Stroke Ready Certification from The Joint Commission

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


ALH underwent a rigorous, onsite review on March 22, 2022. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management, processes for delivering clinical care and performance improvement. 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. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”


“Our ALH Stroke Team is committed to provide education and awareness to our patients and community regarding strokes,” said Katie Snipp, VP of Patient Care & CNO at ALH. “Achieving Acute Stroke Ready Certification is an incredible recognition, and I am grateful to our wonderful team of staff and physicians who dedicate their work in providing lifesaving education and treatment to save the lives in our community.”


The ALH Stroke Team is comprised of multiple hospital disciplines whose efforts strive to provide extraordinary outcomes for each patient they treat knowing that every stroke journey they encounter is unique. Continuous education for the ALH Stroke Team involves keeping abreast of local community risk factors leading to stroke such as high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes is crucial in treatment readiness. In addition, the ALH Stroke Team uses this knowledge to be proactive to these factors by collaborating with all Aspirus providers to offer patient education and resources.


Time is of the utmost importance, the faster a stroke can be treated, the better the outcome. Use BE FAST to recognize signs of a stroke:

  • Balance; sudden loss of coordination
  • Eyes; sudden change in vision
  • Face; sudden weakness on one side or facial droop
  • Arm; sudden arm or leg numbness or weakness
  • Speech; sudden slurred speech
  • Terrible Headache or Time to call 9-1-1

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of a stroke call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.


Photo: L-R: Mary Moore, Director-OD & Nursing Administration; Katie Snipp, VP Patient Care & CNO; Dr. Troy Sennholz, ED Provider; Ellen Brokaw, Hospital Supervisor; Kirk Lewis, RN; Cathy Connor, Director-Emergency & Outpatient; Kevin Foley ,Director-Imaging & Respiratory; Daniel Goodrich-Gonzalez, EMT; Christine Klement, Director-Quality Improvement.