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The Central South Regional Stroke Network

The Regional Stroke Centre for the Central South Ontario Region is located at Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton General Hospital with the mandate to provide tertiary level stroke care within the Central South Ontario Region. It is one of 11 regional centres established across the province to implement the Ontario Stroke System. The District Stroke Centres for the Central South Region include: The Greater Niagara General Hospital, Grand River Hospital and the Brant Community Healthcare System.


The goal of the Ontario Stroke System is to improve access to evidence-based prevention and care in order to reduce stroke incidence, mortality and residual disability. The system seeks to re-organize stroke-care delivery across the continuum of care, promoting system-change, professional education and public awareness.


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If you have any questions about stroke prevention in your area,
please contact a member of our team.

Dr. Mike Sharma

Regional Stroke Medical Director


Stefan Pagliuso

Stefan Pagliuso

Regional Stroke Program Director


Rhonda Whiteman

Rhonda Whiteman

Regional Stroke Best Practice
Clinical Nurse Specialist

905-527-4322 x46705


Eileen Britt

Eileen Britt

Regional Stroke Rehabilitation 
and Community Coordinator


Tina Vallentin

Regional Stroke Education and Data Coordinator


Candace Coe

Brant Haldimand Norfolk 

District Stroke Coordinator

519-751-5544 x4222


Leanne Hammond

Leanne Kent

Niagara District Stroke Coordinator

905-378-4647 x55557


Holly Arnold

Waterloo Wellington District  Stroke Coordinator 519-749-4300 x2605 holly.arnold@grhosp.on.ca

More about the Ontario Stroke System and the Central South Regional Stroke Network

About the Central South Regional Stroke Network

The Regional Stroke Program is accountable for providing leadership, development, implementation and integration of stroke care throughout the Central South Region and across all points in the spectrum of stroke care (health promotion, primary and secondary prevention, acute care, rehabilitation and community reintegration including long term care).

The Regional Stroke Centre has a Regional Stroke Steering Committee (RSSC) to oversee coordination. This committee meets twice per year.


Organized Stroke Care

Organized stroke care, an integrated evidence-based approach to managing stroke, has been shown to reduce mortality and morbidity and improve functional ability and quality of life for stroke patients. Organized stroke care includes the entire continuum of care, from prevention to community re-engagement. The objective of organized stroke care is to improve stroke outcomes by ensuring that the time to definitive diagnosis and treatment is minimized and that optimal treatment is offered.

The Ontario Stroke System is based on a three-tiered model consisting of Regional Stroke Centres (RSCs), District Stroke Centres (DSCs) and community hospitals.

Central South Ontario has one Regional Stroke Centre: Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton General Hospital and three District Stroke Centres: Brant Community Healthcare System, Brantford General Hospital, Grand River Hospital and Niagara Health System, Greater Niagara General Hospital.



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