Bronson LakeView Hospital Advances Stroke Care in Van Buren County

Published on July 16, 2014

Bronson LakeView Hospital Advances Stroke Care in Van Buren County

Bronson LakeView Hospital Advances Stroke Care

PAW PAW, Mich. – Bronson LakeView Hospital is the first facility in the region to implement a direct stroke call-down with the stroke team at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. The team has been developing and testing the process since last fall. Patients diagnosed with stroke at Bronson LakeView can now be started on the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Then the patient is sent via ambulance to Bronson Methodist Hospital, accompanied by a stroke-certified nurse.

“This enhancement in service at Bronson LakeView will improve outcomes for stroke patients in Van Buren County,” says Kirk Richardson, MSM, BSN, RN, Bronson LakeView Hospital chief operating officer. “The training, certification, and implementation of new protocols are a testament to our staff's commitment to providing our patients with the right care at the right time.”

“Anyone experiencing stroke symptoms in Van Buren County can save time by going to the emergency department at Bronson LakeView Hospital to be assessed for stroke and to begin treatment,” explains Richardson. “Time lost is brain lost. Now, people in Paw Paw and the surrounding area can be assured they will get timely stroke assessment and treatment at their local hospital, and then be quickly connected to the advanced stroke expertise of the team in Kalamazoo.”

Healthgrades currently ranks Bronson Methodist Hospital among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for neuroscience and neurosurgery and among America's 100 Best Hospitals for stroke care.

As a reminder, act FAST to Recognize Stroke Symptoms.

F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A – Arms: Ask the person to hold up both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S – Speech: Ask the person to complete a simple sentence, like “John and Jane went on a picnic.” Are the words slurred? Does the person repeat the sentence correctly? 

T – Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is very important. Call 911 immediately and get to a hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Treatment for stroke is most successful if started within zero to three hours after the onset of symptoms. Visit for more information.

Bronson Lakeview Hospital in Paw Paw, Michigan, is a full-service, nonprofit community hospital. It is a member of Bronson Healthcare, southwest Michigan’s leading healthcare system. As a 35-bed critical access hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. This includes emergency care, medical services, surgical services, neurobehavioral health, testing and diagnostics, and rehabilitation. Bronson Lakeview also has medical practices in Paw Paw and Decatur.