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Comprehensive Stroke Center: When seconds count

Staffed, equipped 24/7 to provide life-saving stroke care

Sedgwick County’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center

When a patient needs stroke treatment, their long-term health depends on timely, specialized care. Our stroke teams in Wichita and Pittsburg provide interdisciplinary care to ensure patients receive care as soon as possible.

A Regional Leader in Certified Stroke Care Located in Wichita, Kansas

Ascension Via Christi Comprehensive Stroke Center at Ascension St. Francis is a life-saving resource throughout Kansas. We are certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission — an independent accrediting organization that is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. This recognition reflects our expert care, advanced capabilities and positive stroke recovery outcomes.

Additionally, we are a winner of the Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Experience and Advanced Interventions

The neuroscience care team at Ascension Via Christi shares a single goal: Provide high quality, coordinated stroke care from the moment the patient enters the emergency room through recovery and rehabilitation. Our multidisciplinary team has specialized training to provide the highest quality stroke care and includes:

  • Emergency medicine
  • Hospital medicine and critical care
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation services

Each member is specially trained and has a specific responsibility to respond quickly and completely to the needs of a stroke patient.

At St. Francis, the 20-bed neurocritical care unit is overseen by neurocritical care fellowship trained physicians. The team provides in-house evaluation and treatment for acute stroke, advanced neuro imaging, and interventional acute stroke care.

As part of our commitment to improve stroke care , we also participate in stroke clinical trials.

Building Quality of Life

Patient-centered stroke care and family support is the focus of our inpatient rehabilitation locations at Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital and Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa. Our experienced nurses and therapists provide compassionate, personalized care for your needs. The post-acute rehabilitation features private rooms and specialty equipment to help patients continually set and meet new rehabilitation goals.

Quality In Stroke Care

Statistics show that Comprehensive Stroke Centers have better outcomes and a higher survival rate. Our focus on quality care is what drives us to continue to improve.

2018 Care Metrics

Comprehensive Stroke Treatment/Procedure

2018 Performance


IV Alteplase (tPA) treatment rate
*Compared to GWTG national average



Endovascular stroke treatment rate
*Compared to GWTG national average



Carotid endarterectomy or stent mortality
*The Joint Commission benchmark


< 3%

Cerebral angiogram stroke complication
*The Joint Commission benchmark


< 1%