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Advanced stroke care in Wichita

Specialists at Ascension Via Christi Stroke Center in Wichita, Kansas, deliver stroke care and rehabilitation to help you recover after a stroke.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, every second counts. Signs of a stroke include sudden loss of balance, lost or unclear vision, face drooping or uneven smile, arm or leg weakness and speech difficulty. Ascension Via Christi Comprehensive Stroke Center in Wichita, Kansas, provides advanced stroke care 24/7. Our doctors specialize in treating stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIA). We quickly work together to help improve blood flow to the brain, stop a brain bleed, prevent complications, and help prevent future strokes.

After a stroke, the Ascension Via Christi Outpatient Stroke Clinic coordinates care and monitors recovery for survivors. If you've been referred to the Stroke Clinic and have questions regarding your appointment, please call 316-858-3556 and we will respond to you as soon as possible. The Stroke Clinic is located in the Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Clinic at 707 N. Emporia in Wichita.

By answering these questions, you can start to better understand your risk:
  • Are you over 65?
  • Do you have a family history of stroke?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Have you had a prior stroke or heart attack?
  • Do you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, AFib, heart valve disease or sickle cell anemia?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, it may be important for you to talk to your primary care doctor about your risk for stroke.

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Comprehensive Stroke Center in Wichita, Kansas

Joint Commission and American Heart Association Comprhensive Stroke Center Certification logo Gold Plus

Ascension Via Christi St. Francis is a Comprehensive Stroke Center delivering the most advanced care stroke possible, close to home. An Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest level of stroke care. When you choose our Comprehensive Stroke Center for you or a loved one's stroke care, you have access to a range of treatments, from clot-busting medications to cutting-edge endovascular and neurosurgical procedures. At the Ascension Via Christi Comprehensive Stroke Center, care teams collaborate to provide 24/7 life-saving care.

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we meet strict guidelines for quality, safety and education to help identify stroke and quickly provide care. Our care team completes stroke education each year and consistently meets standards set by The Joint Commission.

Our Comprehensive Stroke Center is also recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for the high-quality, advanced care we provide. Our highly specialized stroke care helps you recover and improve your quality of life.

Ascension Via Christi St. Francis has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GoldPlus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

When minutes matter, choose Ascension Via Christi Comprehensive Stroke Program

Specialized expertise

Specialized expertise

Strokes treated at Ascension Via Christi in 2023:
- Total strokes treated: 997
- Ischemic strokes: 787
- Intracerebral hemorrhages: 165
- Subarachnoid hemorrhages: 45

High quality outcomes

High quality outcomes

Percent of patients that experienced bleeding complications after thrombectomy
- Ascension Via Christi St. Francis: 2.8% (56% lower)*
- Benchmark: 6.4%

Timely care

Timely care

Percent of patients that arrived at hospital and had their clot removed in 120 minutes or less:
- Ascension Via Christi St. Francis: 81% (14% higher)*
- Benchmark: 71%

Time from hospital arrival to receiving clot busting medication
- Ascension Via Christi St. Francis 26 minutes (36% faster)*
- All hospitals: 40 minutes

Source: American Heart/Stroke Association's 'Get with the Guidelines.'
*Hospital benchmark comparisons reflect reporting hospitals.

Stroke recovery and rehabilitation

Our care team at Ascension Via Christi specialize in stroke care and recovery. We listen to understand you and your health concerns. Then your care team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists work with you to create a care plan that's right for you. At Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, our Medicare approved inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) features private rooms and a dedicated therapy area for stroke rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation care team provides daily therapies and monitors your progress to help you meet your goals.

And our care doesn't stop when you leave the hospital — we can connect you to transitional care in your home, an outpatient stroke rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facilities. Our goal is to improve your quality of life after a stroke.

If you or a loved one are experiencing warning signs of a stroke — sudden loss of balance, lost or unclear vision, face drooping or uneven smile, arm weakness and speech difficulty — every second counts. Call 911 and go to the nearest ER.

*The Joint Commission is an independent accrediting organization. This accrediting body sets standards in healthcare to improve healthcare quality and safety. This recognition reflects our experience and advanced care to help improve stroke recovery outcomes.