Ascension Via Christi St. Francis moves, expands outpatient stroke clinic

Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Kansas outside the Kansas City area, cared for more than 930 hospitalized patients last year who had experienced all types of strokes.

To ensure that patients newly discharged from the hospital have the care and resources they need to continue their recovery, the Comprehensive Stroke Center recently moved and expanded its outpatient Stroke Clinic.

The Ascension Via Christi Stroke Clinic now shares space with the Transitional Care Clinic, located in the medical office building connected by a second-floor walkway to the hospital.

It is staffed by Lenzi Kaub and LeighAnn Persondek, both advanced practice registered nurses with specialized training in stroke care. Together, they will provide follow-up stroke care to patients after their hospital discharge.

"As the region's Comprehensive Stroke Center, we do community outreach to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of a stroke and the importance of seeking timely care at a center like ours that is staffed and equipped to care for even the most complex strokes," says Kaub, who coordinates Ascension Via Christi's stroke care program. "That care doesn't stop at discharge. Our Stroke Clinic ensures access to the follow-up care and resources patients need after discharge."

Patients are seen in the Stroke Clinic by appointment scheduled at the time of discharge as part of their personalized post-acute care plan.