Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital

If you or someone you know should experience symptoms of stroke, seek emergency help immediately–call 911–do not wait!

A stroke can be devastating for both patients and families.

Communty Hospital Onaga has met American Heart Association criteria to receive the Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital designation, including adherence to written emergency stroke protocols and the ability to provide around the clock:

  • brain image testing (CT scans),
  • blood coagulation studies,
  • thrombolytic therapy (tPA), used to break or dissolve blood clots, and
  • a transport plan with one or more hospitals that have neuro-interventional expertise.

CHCS has developed this transport plan together with the University of Kansas Medical Center, Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Saint Luke’s Health System.

The University of Kansas Hospital was one of the first five healthcare facilities in the country, and the only one in the Midwest, to be recognized as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission.

Because time is crucial to stroke care, our stroke team takes immediate action when paramedics notify the Emergency Department that a stroke patient is en route to Community Hospital Onaga. Patients are quickly evaluated and treated—rapid treatment offers the best chance for surviving a stroke—the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Remember the warning signs of stroke:


  • B - Sudden loss of balance or coordination.
  • E - Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes.
  • F - Does the face look uneven, or droop on one side? Ask the person to smile.
  • A - Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms.
  • S - Does their speech sound slurred or strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase.
  • T – Time is critical. Every second brain cells die.

Call 911 at any sign of stroke and describe the symptoms to the emergency dispatcher.

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