Reedsburg Area Medical Center Becomes a State-Recognized Coverdell Stroke Care Partner

Effective stroke care requires coordination across many partners. Reedsburg Area Medical Center (RAMC) was recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s Coverdell Stroke Program for becoming a Coverdell Stoke Care Partner in these important efforts. Hospitals that have coordinated with community-based efforts have shown a reduction in re-hospitalization rates.

As a Coverdell Stroke Care Partner, Reedsburg Area Medical Center will be working to deliver stroke community education, review internal protocols, and provide regular feedback to local emergency medical services. Currently, RAMC is updating internal protocols for acute stroke care, implementing new guidelines of stroke care per the guidelines from The American Heart Association and The Joint Commission, and with local EMS to streamline stroke care in the field. This partnership is a reflection of the high quality care options offered by RAMC to the community we serve.

About the Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program

In 2001, Congress directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement state-based registries that measure, track, and improve the delivery and quality of stroke care. The registry was named the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry (PCNASR) after the late U.S. Senator who suffered a fatal stroke in 2000 while serving in Congress.

In 2012, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) became one of 11 states funded to participate in Coverdell Stroke Program. The objective of the program is to assist hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) providers in their mission to provide the highest standard of stroke care for all residents.

Wisconsin was fortunate to receive continued funding for an additional 5-year period. The focus of this funding is to demonstrate improvement across all systems—from EMS response to in-patient care, prevention, and rehabilitation post-stroke care. DHS directs the grant with quality improvement and educational expertise from its partners, and the American Heart/Stroke Association. For more information, visit