Mercyhealth Celebrates Stroke Awareness Month with Presentations

As a part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Mercyhealth is offering three free community presentations to raise awareness about stroke risk factors, signs and symptoms of a stroke, what to do if you suspect a stroke and latest innovations and advancements in the treatment of stroke.

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is required and space is limited, call Mercy Healthline to RSVP, (888) 39-MERCY.

  • May 16, 6 pm, at Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St., Rockford; Presenter: Dr. Adnan Qureshi, board certified neurologist and vascular neurologist
  • May 22, 6pm, at Booker T. Washington Community Center; Presenter: Dr. Shawn Wallery, neurologist and stroke medical director
  • May 25, 5:30 pm, at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville; Presenter: Dr. Ross Levine, Mercyhealth Neurology and Inpatient Stroke Team

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. It is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. However, 80% of strokes are preventable.

Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue in Rockford is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Joint Commission designation demonstrates full compliance with the most up-to-date guidelines and medical advances for stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or mini strokes. Research has shown that patients who are treated at a designated stroke center have improved life expectancy and decreased disability.

Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Janesville recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for its Primary Stroke Center. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Janesville earned its initial advanced certification for its Primary Stroke Center in 2012 and was recertified again in 2014. In December 2016, they underwent another rigorous onsite review by the Joint Commission. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Janesville is also an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.  In addition, the Joint Commission has certified Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard and Walworth as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals.