August 15, 2019
COMMUNITY STROKE DAY 2019
Healthcare Systems Team Up to Support Survivors and Caregivers
APPLETON, Wis. – Local healthcare systems including Ascension Health, Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Bellin Health, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Neuroscience Group and ThedaCare are proud to collaboratively sponsor Community Stroke Day from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, 4815 N. Lynndale Dr. Appleton.
This special event, now in its second year, helps connect survivors and their caregivers with others who have experienced similar journeys with life after stroke.
“Things were put into perspective for me after my stroke,” said Joe Romenesko of Darboy. “The journey helped me realize that life was worth living, despite the challenges I faced.”
Romenesko is one of the survivors who will be attending the event. He suffered a severe stroke in 2010 and spent most of 2011 in recovery through either inpatient or outpatient rehab. He relearned how to walk, swallow and complete daily tasks on his own.
“Nearly a decade after my stroke, it’s important for me to share my story,” he said. “I understand what stroke survivors are going through. It’s difficult. We have to let other people, and their families, know that they are not alone.”
Activities during the day will range from informative to fun and relaxing. There will be opportunities for education, creativity, exercise, enjoyment of nature and interaction. Professionals will also be present and can help address specific questions related to recovery after stroke. Snacks, lunch and a light dinner by the bonfire will be provided.
“The day is filled with simple activities to enjoy,” said Kristin Randall, ThedaCare Stroke Coordinator and member of the Community Stroke Day committee. “By just having a day where survivors and their families can come together and feel supported means so much to them. We’re proud that the local health systems understand the importance of an event like this.”
The registration deadline is August 30 and there is a $10 per person fee. For more information and to register, visit: www.bellin.org/communitystrokeday.
About Ascension Wisconsin
Ascension Wisconsin (//ascension.org/wisconsin) operates 24 hospital campuses, more than 100 related healthcare facilities and employs more than 1,300 primary and specialty care clinicians from Racine to Eagle River. Serving Wisconsin since 1848, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. As such, Ascension Wisconsin provided more than $292 million in community benefit, including care of persons living in poverty in Fiscal Year 2018. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension operates 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
About Aurora Baycare
Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.
About Bellin Health
An acute care, 167-bed, multi-specialty hospital. Known as the region’s heart center, it was the first hospital in the area to offer a comprehensive heart program. Over the years, Bellin has continued to keep pace with exciting technological advances in cardiac care by introducing nuclear cardiology, electrodiagnostics, and electrophysiological studies.
About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, 835 S. Van Buren St. in Green Bay, Wis., offers a comprehensive range of high-quality health care services. It is home to Green Bay’s first and only dedicated children’s hospital, a Level II trauma center, a Certified Primary Care Stroke Center, state-of-the-art cancer care and research, cardiac care, women’s care and much more. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital has served Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888, when it was established as Green Bay’s first hospital by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. It is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), based in Springfield, Ill. To learn more about HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, please visit: www.stvincenthospital.org
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries.
About Neuroscience Group
For almost thirty years, Neuroscience Group has partnered with primary care providers to provide excellent neurologic care for the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin. Ours is the only medical facility in the area that combines neurosurgery, neurology, orthopedic spine surgery, interventional and non-interventional pain management, and physical therapy. Our practice has grown to serve patients in eleven outlying clinics scattered throughout the region, always with the same goal of improving lives by providing the very best in brain, spine and pain care.
For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The organization serves a community of more than 600,000 residents and employs more than 7,000 healthcare professionals throughout the regions. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 31 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service.