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Grey Bruce Health Services

Grey Bruce District Stroke Centre

District Stroke Coordinator:

Joan Ruston-Berge, 519-376-2121 ext. 2920, jrustonberge@gbhs.on.ca


Grey and Bruce Counties located in South West Region of Ontario is bordered by Georgian Bay in the north and Lake Huron to the west.  Grey Bruce’s scenic landscape includes the Niagara Escarpment, numerous parks, rivers, beaches and extensive trail network support the regions active recreation, agriculture and tourism industries.

The Grey Bruce population of 158,670 (2012) includes 17 municipalities and two First Nation Reserves.  Fifty-three percent of the population lives in a rural area, compared to 19% of Ontarians.  Owen Sound is the largest of the small population and the only centre large enough to be classified as a ‘city’.

  •  In Grey Bruce, 20.7% of population were seniors, compared to 14.6% of the Ontario population (Grey Bruce Health Unit, 2012)
  • The counties are known as hot spots for cardiovascular disease and alcohol consumption. Both reportedly higher than the provincial average.
  • The health and community agencies within the counties are known for their collaborative and capacity building approaches to disease management and wellness promotion.
  •  The vision for the future is that each community in Grey Bruce will become stewards of health thereby supporting healthy living for all residents of the counties.

The Grey Bruce District Stroke Centre (established in 2002) partners with a variety of community agencies, organizations and hospitals to promote and implement best practice stroke care across the continuum.   Stroke is a complex diagnosis and the District Stroke Centre assists stroke survivors to navigate their journey of care.  This includes pre-hospital, emergency, in-hospital care, inpatient rehabilitation and community care.   Together with its partners, the District Stroke Centre is developing a coordinated approach to chronic disease management and prevention.

The Secondary Prevention Clinic is located at Grey Bruce Health Services – Owen Sound site. The clinic serves individuals who have had a transient ischemic attack or are at high risk of stroke, through assessment, diagnostics and treatment including risk modification.  The District Stroke Centre located at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound is part of the Provincial Telestroke Program connecting physicians to Stroke Neurologists 24/7.  An Acute Stroke Unit provides care to stroke survivors utilizing an expert team of professionals.  The Rehabilitation Team aims to provide 3 hours of intensive therapy daily during their in-patient stay.  The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team of ten Health Care professionals provide goal based rehabilitation to stroke survivors in their home and community.

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