Who can participate in Next Step programs?

Individuals who can independently manage their personal needs (eating and going to the bathroom) without assistance. If assistance is needed a caregiver must be present with the stroke survivor.

Do you have any of these symptoms following your stroke?

  • Weakness on one side
  • Vision difficulties (such as a visual field cut)
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding others (aphasia)
  • Using a wheelchair, cane, or walker
  • Memory or other thinking difficulties

You may benefit from the Next Step programs.

Are you ready to take the Next Step?

  • Schedule a time to visit
  • Complete an intake assessment (approximately one hour) that determines eligibility, needs, and goals
  • Provide emergency contacts, hospital preference, and physician’s release

If you would like to start the Next Step application process, call today to schedule a visit: 913-649-1776.


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The University of Kansas Health System and Newman Regional Health (Newman) have partnered to provide Newman emergency room physicians with around the clock access to our health system’s comprehensive stroke care. Using mobile two-way audio and video equipment called a Robot, ER physicians at Newman can connect with our stroke neurologists immediately in real time via a secure internet link to provide Newman physicians with the same access to neuro-specialists as ER physicians in Kansas City. 

The neuro-specialist has the ability to manipulate and turn the camera on the robot to scan the entirety of a room and with the help of the ER physician can assess and interview the patient and talk with family members and other care providers just as if the specialist was in the room. Once a patient presents to the emergency department, a phone call is made to the on-call stroke neurologist at our health system for a consultation request. A CT scan at Newman is the first step and then the robot is brought to the bedside of the patient while the stroke neurologist logs on to the system.

The neurologist will visually examine the patient and look at images from the CT scan and together with the ER physician in Emporia will develop a coordinated plan of care. This may include administration of clot busting drugs and transferring or admitting the patient. Goal of this partnership is to provide care that is in the best interest of patients and their families, to determine the best routes of care and strive to keep patient’s care local, including rehabilitation services.