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Chatham Kent District Stroke Centre

District Stroke Coordinator:

Linda Butler, 519-352-6401 ext. 6900, (fax) 519-436-2500, lbutler@ckha.on.ca


Nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario between Lake Erie, Lake St.Clair and Lake Huron, Chatham-Kent has a population of 107,000 within 23 communities of various size and character – agricultural, rural, small town and small city – which make up the municipality. The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is a proud partnership of 3 hospital corporations located on 2 campuses – Chatham and Wallaceburg. Our model of care is patient and family centered. We provide primary, secondary and specialized services serving the medical needs of people in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, South Lambton and Walpole Island. The municipality of Chatham-Kent provides the expertise of several community health agencies in the delivery of quality care such as with the eight Long-Term Care facilities, sixteen Residential Accommodations, Erie St.Clair CCAC, Public Health Unit/Heart Health Coalition and the local Heart and Stroke Foundation.

  • For years, Chatham-Kent has been acknowledged as a hot spot for circulatory problems.
  • Statistics Canada figures show that Chatham-Kent has Ontario s highest per-capita death rate from heart attacks, and Canada s second highest per capita death rate from the same condition.

In April 2003 Chatham-Kent was designated as one of the five District Stroke Centers within the Southwest region of the province. Chatham’s participation in the telestroke project BRAINSAVE built capacity for the assessment and treatment of acute stroke using videoconferencing and tele-radiology. We continue to provide:

  • Best Practice stroke care ensuring stroke survivors and their families receive continuity of care
  • Four-bed stroke unit integrated on the Rehabilitation Unit
  • Stroke-focused rehabilitation
  • Daily Stroke Prevention Clinic directed by Internal Medicine physicians with stroke expertise
  • Rapid access to tertiary stroke centers for neurological, neurosurgical and surgical intervention
  • Transitional Stroke Program where patients’ transition to community is assisted through out-patient interdisciplinary therapies
  • Strong partnership with New Beginnings, Acquired Brain Injury and Stroke Recovery Association to engage the stroke survivor and their caregiver in life-after-stroke recreational and social interactions

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