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Telestroke

CentraCare Neurosciences Stroke Center provides telestroke services in the region to help patients experiencing a stroke receive treatment as quickly as possible and reduce the effects of stroke.

What is telestroke?

TeleStroke web team at CentraCare speaking with a patient in a hospital bed

Patients who access a facility that has telestroke connect in real time with a stroke and vascular neurologist from St. Cloud Hospital.

How does telestroke help patients?

Telestroke will speed treatment decisions, which will improve patient outcomes. Treatments such as intravenous alteplase can quickly be administered to break up clots. Alteplase is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes.

Where is telestroke available?

The Stroke Center at St. Cloud Hospital is happy to partner with many local hospitals throughout the region to provide telestroke. Watch the following video to learn how this helps patients experiencing stroke symptoms.

Telestroke is available in the following locations:

  • Aitkin – Riverwood Health Care
  • Alexandria – Alomere Health
  • Appleton – Appleton Area Health Services
  • Benson – Swift County Hospital
  • Glenwood – Glacial Ridge Hospital
  • Hutchinson – Hutchinson Health
  • Little Falls – CHI-St. Gabriel’s Health
  • Long Prairie – CentraCare Health
  • Madison - Madison Healthcare Services
  • Melrose – CentraCare Health
  • Montevideo - CCM Health
  • Monticello – CentraCare Health
  • Morris - Stevens Community Medical Center
  • Olivia – Renville County Hospital
  • Paynesville – CentraCare Health
  • Redwood Falls – Carris Health - Redwood Hospital
  • Sauk Centre – CentraCare Health
  • Staples – Lakewood Health System
  • St. Cloud Hospital – CentraCare Health
  • Wadena – Tri-County Heath Care
  • Willmar – Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital

View a map of the service area (PDF)

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

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