Northeastern Ontario Stroke Network

NEO Stroke Network wishes to send a message of thanks to all the health care workers continuing to support the stroke system of care in the North East


Our Mission:

Collaborate with regional partners to achieve best practices across the continuum, including research in community reintegration.

Enable the development of stroke care competence and expertise.

Create a culture of excellence, continuous improvement and accountability.

The Network

Part of the Ontario Stroke System since 2003, the Network (NEOSN) is guided by the NEO Stroke Steering Committee which functions as the decision making body for the Ontario Stroke System in northeastern Ontario. The NEOSN team operationalizes an annual Regional Work Plan and a Regional Education Plan following approval by the NEO Stroke Steering Committee each April.

NEOSN includes the District Stroke Centres in North Bay, Timmins, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury.  We also have two Telestroke Referring Sites (thrombolysis treatment service) in Temiskaming and in Hearst.

These centres, along with their partners across the stroke care continuum, are tasked with implementing best practice stroke care across the region.

Contact us to learn more.

Click here for our 2018 Newsletter.

Sudbury & Area:

Serving Elliot Lake, Espanola, Manitoulin, Sudbury and Parry Sound

Health Sciences North
41 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury ON P3E 5J1

Administrative Assistant:

Jessica Thomson

Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic

P: 705-675-4793
F: 705-675-4796

Click here for referral form

North Bay & Area:

Serving Mattawa, Sturgeon Falls, North Bay, Temiskaming Shores, Englehart

North Bay Regional Health Centre
50 College Drive, P.O Box 2500, North Bay ON P1B 5A4

District Stroke Coordinator:

Christine Thompson
P: 705-474-8600 ext 3283

Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic

P: 705-474-8600 ext 3280
F: 705-495-8137

Click here for referral form

Timmins & Area:

Serving Kirkland Lake, Chapleau, Timmins, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane, Smooth Rock Falls, Kapuskasing, Hearst, Moose Factory, Moosonee

Timmins and District Hospital
700 Ross Avenue East, Timmins ON P4N 8P2

District Stroke Coordinator:

Nicholas Noob
P: 705-267-2131 ext 3202

Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic

P: 705-360-6098
F: 705-360-6097

Click here for referral form

Sault Ste Marie & Area

Serving Blind River, Hornepayne, Wawa and Sault Ste Marie

Sault Area Hospital
750 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie ON P6B 0A8

District Stroke Coordinator:

Liisa Taivainen
P: 705-759-3434 ext 5288

Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic

P: 705-759-3434
F: 705-759-3681

Click here for referral form

Who We Are

Susan Bursey PT, BSc.P.T., Regional Program Director
Working in collaboration with the Northeastern Ontario Regional Stroke Steering Committee and in consultation with regional and external stakeholders, Susan oversees and leads the development of the Ontario Stroke System in Northeastern Ontario.

Sue Verrilli, B.A., R.T., R/TRO., Regional Education Coordinator
In this role, Sue is responsible for the coordinating, implementing and evaluating of the stroke education plans for the NEO Stroke Network. 

Jenn Fearn MSc.P.T., Regional Rehabilitation Coordinator
In this role, Jenn is responsible for identifying stroke rehabilitation needs, strengths and service gaps and building on opportunities for system change, partnerships and consultation to enhance access to stroke rehabilitation expertise and best practice

Jessica Thomson B.A., Administrative Assistant

Shelley Hawton RN, BScN, CRN (C), Coordinator C1 Inpatient Rehab/ISU; Stroke & Anticoag; 
North Bay Regional Health Centre

Phone: (705) 474-8600 ext. 3283

Liisa Taivainen RN., District Stroke Coordinator
Sault Area Hospital 

Phone: (705) 759-3434 ext. 5288 

Nicholas Noob RN., District Stroke Coordinator
Timmins and District Hospital

Phone: (705) 267-2131 ext. 3202

Contact Us

We are based out of Health Sciences North, Sudbury ON. 


Email: Northeastern Ontario Stroke Network
Address: 41 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury ON P3E 5J1

Professional Education Fund Application


Planning on attending a stroke-related educational opportunity? You may qualify for some funding support from the NEOSN Professional Stroke Education Fund. 


Find out how to apply today

Download the Funding Process. 

Download the Application

Upcoming Educational Opportunities


Professional Education Fund Application

The NEOSN Professional Education Fund is available to assist clinicians working in stroke care across the continuum, in our region, to incorporate best practices through learning opportunities about stroke. 
Download the Application - Fillable Form

Professional Education Funding Process

The NEOSN Professional Education Fund is described and the process to obtain funding is outlined.
All applicants must review the process prior to applying to the fund. 
Download the PDF.


Enhancing your Tool Box for Best Practice Stroke Care: A review of allied health stroke resources

Presenters:  Susan Bursey & Jenn Fearn from the Northeastern Ontario Stroke Network
  • 40 minute webcast.
  • Explores the multiple stroke best practice resources available for the rehabilitation professional. Provides a glimpse into the resources, and where they are found either as a web resource, app, or as a community program to contact.
  • Provides a brief overview of the Northeastern Ontario Stroke Network.
Target Audience: PT's & OT's
The content is geared moreso towards physio and occupational therapy resources although some of the resources are also applicable to speech language pathology.
Click here for Handout
Click here for Poster
Webcast Link: *password protected*
Please Email: for a free access code


Post Stroke Transitional Care Program in North East produced Guides for their clients with lived experience in the community that include:


NEW! Free video series to help people who are recovering from Stroke.  

These 10 minute videos cover many topics and were developed in Calgary. Click on link below to access them .

NEOSN Regional Education Plan Application for Sponsorship


The Northeastern Ontario (NEO) Stroke Network is pleased to announce a SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY for health care providers across Northeastern Ontario.  We are offering a maximum sponsorship of $3000 to be made available to one professional group from a hospital/health care agency to assist with one of the options described below:
 1.  Organizing and hosting a workshop or course in their community or place of employment within the region. Topic for the event must be supported in some way by the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (
 2.  Implementation of a tool or specific initiative at your facility in congruence with stroke best practices.

Provincial Interprofessional Core Competency Framework

The CorHealth Ontario website provides provincial leadership and planning for Ontario’s 11 Regional Stroke Networks (RSN) by measuring performance, partnering to achieve best practices and creating innovations for stroke prevention, care, recovery and community reintegration.

There is Level A Evidence that Stroke Unit care reduces the likelihood of death and disability by as much as 30% for men and women of any age with mild, moderate, or severe stroke. One of the key components of Stroke Unit Care is that the core interprofessional team should consist of healthcare professional with stroke expertise.1 Furthermore, Quality Based Procedures for Stroke recommend that interprofessional stroke teams across the continuum receive education and training to promote stroke expertise.2

The purpose of the framework is to provide health care professionals working in stroke with a clear, comprehensive way to achieve the core competencies needed for evidence-based stroke care. For each competency, there are a number of learning objectives, recommended learning resources/knowledge translation tools and suggested evaluation methods.

Click here to view the core competency frameworks on the CorHealth Ontario website.

Click here to view a webinar about the Interprofessional Core Competency Frameworks.


Passive Range of Motion Exercises

Passive: These exercise packages were designed to be used by the client's family/caregiver/support worker to assist in properly carrying out passive range of motion exercises with the client.

Self-Ranging: These exercise packages were designed to assist in properly carrying out self-ranging exercises for the post-stroke shoulder.

It is the intent of the authors that a regulated health professional will select the most appropriate exercises from these packages and provide them to their client. You will notice that there are separate packages for both the right and left sides.

We feel it is imperative that the second page of the package entitled 'Before Getting Started...' be provided with every package handed out, whether only one or multiple exercises are being prescribed, therefore please ensure you do so.

Click below for Passive Range of Motion Exercises for the:
Post-Stroke Right Arm and Hand
Post-Stroke Left Arm and Hand
Post-Stroke Right Leg and Foot
Post-Stroke Left Leg and Foot

Self-Ranging Exercises for the:
Post-Stroke Right Shoulder
Post-Stroke Left Shoulder


Acute Stroke Unit Orientation

A free, online program for NEO Stroke Network’s stroke care professionals, that was created by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network using content and the quizzes directly from our now-retired NEOSN Acute Stroke Nursing Certification program. 

Why cohort acute stroke patients? See why in this one page (two-sided) colour document.


POSTERS on Stroke Care Topics


Visual Field Deficit (Handout)

This one - page handout can be used to educate persons with stroke and their families to better understand visual problems after stroke. 
Download the PDF.


Mobility and Positioning Self-Learning Package

Self-learning program for those working with stroke clients to position them or mobilize them. Quiz.


Your Road to Stroke Recovery - Sudbury's visual road map

Displaying the continuum of stroke care in a visual form as a large, colourful "road map" will diminish fear of the unknown for a person with stroke before leaving the hospital. See how the team at Health Sciences North in Sudbury depicted the journey after stroke, currently posted on their Intensive Rehabilitation Unit.
English Poster - Click here. 
French Poster - Click here.
English Handout - Click here.
French Handout - Click here.


Presentation Slides from Northeastern Ontario Stroke Care Symposium

Held: Friday, November 9, 2018

We are pleased to share the presentations given at the symposium. Please contact us if you have any comments or questions at

  1. Supporting Caregivers across the Care Continuum - Jill Cameron
  2. Ramping up Stroke Rehabilitation using Aerobic ExerciseLiam Kelly
  3. Intimacy after Stroke Tracey Palmer & Shawna McCusker 
  4. Optimizing Rehabilitation: Tools to Achieving the Aerobic Exercise Best Practice Recommendations - Denise Taylor 
  5. Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing Delirium - Shaen Gingrich
  6. Supporting Mental Health in Stroke Survivors - Emily Zanini
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