Milwaukee, WI, (April, 2006) — Columbia St. Mary’s is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Carter, MD, MM, as Medical Director of the health system’s Stroke Centers. The Stroke Centers are currently pursuing certification by the Joint Commission of Accreditation for Hospital Organizations (JCAHO) to be designated primary stroke centers. Upon receiving certification, Columbia St. Mary’s hospitals will be recognized as certified primary stroke centers in southeastern Wisconsin. Each of the Columbia St. Mary’s hospital campuses will undergo surveys towards certification later this year.
Dr. Carter, who earned her degree in medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in 1978 and has extensive experience in the care of stroke patients, will lead the effort to develop Columbia St. Mary’s Stroke Centers and certification to further its abilities to facilitate swift diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.
"Before I came to Columbia St. Mary’s, a lot of the framework for our Stroke Centers was in place," said Dr. Carter. "But now, we will really see the framework being built upon this solid foundation, if you will. The national certification will be the finishing touch to support our broad efforts to provide the most advanced education and treatment regarding the care for stroke patients."
National certification will ensure that best practice standards are in place to provide rapid treatment for stroke patients. Stroke patients will be treated by members of the stroke team within the first few minutes of arrival to CSM hospitals and will be admitted to a designated stroke unit to be cared for by specialized nurses and therapists.
According to Dr. Carter, designated stroke centers can help reduce the mortality rate of stroke, lower the number of patients who have devastating disabilities after a stroke and, as a result of community education, decrease the rates of stroke in the community.
"Having primary stroke centers throughout Columbia St. Mary’s hospitals ensures that patients undergoing a stroke in Milwaukee or Ozaukee counties will be able to receive stroke care close to home," said Dr. Carter. "At Columbia St. Mary’s, we pride ourselves for having a 'Passion for Patient Care,' and the new national certification will elevate the quality of care we can provide for our stroke patients," said Dr. Carter.
Dr. Carter completed her residency in internal medicine at Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois and her residency in neurology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, in 1982. She received her Masters in Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in 1992. Dr. Carter is board certified in Neurology and Electroencephalography/Neurophysiology. She treats a broad range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dr. Carter will see patients at Seton Tower on the Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee Campus, Columbia West Clinic at 10950 W. Capitol Drive, Wauwatosa, and at Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee Campus. To schedule an appointment, call (414) 291-1285.
The Columbia St. Mary's system is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 28 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable. For more information, visit www.columbia-stmarys.org.