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Toronto West Stroke Network

Within the Toronto West Stroke Network (TWSN), the Regional Stroke Centre is located at Toronto Western Hospital (TWH), University Health Network.  The TWSN and TWH are responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation and coordination of stroke care throughout the region and across the continuum of care.  The Regional  Stroke Centre provides emergency medical management of stroke/TIA, specialized inpatient acute stroke unit care, and urgent and non-urgent secondary stroke prevention services and follow-up.

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TWSN Executive Committee

The TWSN Executive Committee provides leadership and supports the implementation and continuous improvement of an integrated system of care within the region.  It contributes to the Toronto Stroke Networks Steering Committee’s mandate for the oversight and coordination of a broader Toronto stroke system.  The TWSN Executive Committee provides regional advice and perspective to support the shared strategic plan and workplan of the TSNs.

Ilsa Blidner – Chair, Toronto West Stroke Network
President
Ilsa Blidner Consulting Inc.

Kim Partridge – Administrative Executive Lead, Toronto West Stroke Network
Senior Clinical Director
Krembil Neuroscience Centre

Dr. Frank Silver – Medical Director, Toronto West Stroke Network
Medical Director, Regional Stroke Program
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Shelley Sharp – Regional Director, Toronto West Stroke Network
Regional Stroke Program Director
Toronto West Stroke Network

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Regional Stroke Centre

Toronto Western Hospital, Regional Stroke Program
399 Bathurst Street,
5th Floor, West Wing, Room 425,
Toronto, ON, M5T 2S8
Fax: 416-603-7733

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Stroke Prevention Clinics in the Region

Humber River Hospital: Stroke Prevention Clinic
Professional Medical Building, 2115 Finch Avenue West, Room 103 (Lower Level)
Downsview, ON, M3N 2V6
Tel: 416-747-3896

Toronto Western Hospital: Stroke Prevention Clinic
399 Bathurst Street,
5th Floor, West Wing, Room 425
Toronto, ON, M5T 2S8
Tel: 416-603-5413 (point of contact: Tessie Mongit)

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Meet Our Regional Team

Shelley Sharp
Regional Stroke Program Director, Toronto West Stroke Network

Gail Avinoam 
Regional Education Coordinator, Toronto West Stroke Network

Jocelyne McKellar
Rehab & Community Re-engagement Coordinator, Toronto West Stroke Network

Nicola Tahair
E-Stroke Rehabilitation Referral & System Coordinator, Toronto Stroke Networks

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Contact Information:

Nandanie Amarasinghe
Stroke Program Administrative Assistant, Toronto West Stroke Network
Toronto Western Hospital, UHN
399 Bathurst Street, 5th Floor, West Wing, Room 425
Tel: 416-603-5800, ext. 6271
Fax: 416-603-7733

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Stroke Nurses

Janice Williams
Nurse Practitioner
Stroke Program
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Anne Cayley
Nurse Practitioner
Stroke Program
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Relu Wiegner
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinics
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Libby Kalman
Stroke Research Nurse
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Tim Stewart

Nurse Practitioner
Stroke Program
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

 

Toronto West Stroke Outreach Team

The Stroke Outreach Team is an interprofessional team providing oocupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-language pathology, nursing, and nutritional counselling with a focus on improving clients’ functional abilities so they can live as independently as possible.  They provide leadership and education to support development and implementation of best practice stroke care related to the assessment, rehabilitation and recovery needs of persons with stroke in hospital and the community.  Their role facilitates access to nursing and allied health stroke expertise and consultation services for patient assessment and treatment planning as required.  In addition, they carry a modified but dedicated stroke caseload within the Regional Stroke Centre’s Neurovascular Unit and Swallowing (S-LP) Clinic, and provide on call support to the Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic.
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Signs of a Stroke

If you experience any of the following signs dial 911 immediately.Read More