About Us

Mission Statment

"Reduce the burden of stroke and disparities within Great Lakes regional states by optimizing coordination and collaboration"

The award winning Great Lakes Regional Stroke Network was developed by six state health departments cardiovascular program staff and state stroke task force members in Illinois , Indiana , Michigan, Minnesota , Ohio and Wisconsin to increase stroke awareness and prevention and control activities within and across the region. The GLRSN is built upon existing relationships that have continued for over 25 years. In 2009, the Great Lakes Regional Stroke Network was awarded the Heart Healthy Stroke Free Award from the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Priorities of the Network are as follows:

bullet Evaluation and Surveillance
bullet Quality of Care
bullet EMS Notification and Response

Incorporating lessons learned from the Tri State Stroke
Network, the Delta States Stroke Consortium and the Stroke
Belt Consortium, the GLRSN works through:

bullet State Advisory Board
bullet Work Groups
bullet State Stroke Task Forces

To share experiences, lessons learned, best practices and resources. Crossing state lines, sharing knowledge, resources and leadership is a step towards reducing the third leading cause of death.


Front row: Fred Petillo (WI), Dilip Pandey Back row: Wayne Fischer (IN), Michael Gaines (IL), Jim Peacock (MN filling in for Stan Shanedling), Eileen Worden (MI), Angela Hedworth Not pictured: Barbara Pryor

Dilip Pandey , MD , PhD, Program Director

Dilip Pandey, Associate Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation and Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago directs the Great Lakes Regional Stroke Network. Dr. Pandey is also the director of several other initiatives including the Illinois CAPTURE Stroke: Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry. He has been actively involved in stroke research for several years