The OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute Comprehensive Stroke Center at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois is marking a milestone: 20 years of providing the highest level of stroke care throughout central and northern Illinois through its Stroke Network.

The OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute Comprehensive Stroke Center at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois is marking a milestone: 20 years of providing the highest level of stroke care throughout central and northern Illinois through its Stroke Network.

The OSF Illinois Neurological Institute Comprehensive Stroke Center is the epicenter of a stroke network that serves 20 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 establishment of the OSF Stroke Network 20 years ago, has helped citizens in central Illinois have the access to the best stroke care close to where they live. These network hospitals can offer clot buster to stroke patients quickly and if needed transfer to Peoria for advanced stroke diagnosis and care.

Elyse Wolf, Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Department manager said, “The collaboration between Hammond-Henry Hospital and OSF St Francis for the care of acute stroke patients is a wonderful life saving asset for our patients and our community. Our patients receive state of the art stroke care with this collaborative effort.”

“Through rapid diagnosis and communication from the Hammond-Henry Hospital ED Department, OSF offers consultive treatment plans for patients arriving to the hospital with stroke like symptoms,” said Laura Domino, HHH Vice President of Patient Care Services.

To celebrate the milestone, members of the Comprehensive Stroke Center team hosted a celebration and plaque presentation at each facility to recognize and acknowledge their 20 years of collaboration.