New Stroke Awards Recognize Top Hospitals for Rapid-Response Treatment

Awards recipients pictured at the North Dakota State Stroke & Cardiac Conference held Sept. 25-26 in Bismarck.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Stroke System of Care Task Force recently awarded several critical access hospitals for demonstrated quality excellence in stroke care. The task force recognized the awardees through data collected from hospitals by the North Dakota State Stroke Registry.

Rapid-response treatment for stroke offers the most significant chance for recovery. According to Shila Thorson, North Dakota State Stroke Coordinator, “Once a stroke occurs, the goal is to lessen potentially debilitating effects, prevent further damage to the brain, and reduce the medical and physical complications following a stroke.”

The North Dakota Department of Health recognizes the following organizations for supporting the exceptional efforts necessary to foster better outcomes for stroke care in the state of North Dakota:

  • Pre-Notification of Suspected Stroke by EMS Award ─Mercy Hospital, Valley City
  • Dysphagia Screen Award ─Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby
  • National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Documentation Award ─Southwest Healthcare Service, Bowman
  • IV rt-PA Arrive by 2 Hour, Treat by 3 Hour Award ─Tioga Medical Center, Tioga
  • Door to CT in Less Than 25 Minutes Award ─Mercy Medical Center, Williston
  • Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy 60 minutes Award ─West River Regional Medical Center, Hettinger
  • North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Measure Set Award ─Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown

Also recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for excellence in care were the following Primary Stroke Centers:

  • Get With The Guidelines: Stroke GOLD PLUS Achievement Award
    • Altru Health System, Grand Forks
    • CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck
    • Essentia Health, Fargo
    • Trinity Health, Minot
  • Get With The Guidelines: Stroke SILVER PLUS Achievement Award
    • Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck

For more information, contact Shila Thorson, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.4569.

CHI Mercy Health Holds Open House for New CT Scanner

By: Steve Urness (

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( -Patients at CHI Mercy Health have access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Programs.

Helmsley awarded CHI Mercy Health $400,000 for a new 64-slice CT scanner in April 2017. CT scanners provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. The new scanner produces high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine the health status and course of treatment for patients in this area.

CHI Mercy Health Vice President of Clinical Services Camille Settelmeyer talked about the advantages of having this new CT scanner in this community.


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October Domestic Violence Awareness Month; APOC Fundraiser Friday

By: Steve Urness (

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( – Valley City mayor Dave Carlsrud declared October domestic violence awareness month during a proclamation made at the city commission meeting on October 3rd.

Show your support for victims and survivors of domestic violence by attending the Abused Persons Outreach Center fundraiser supper on Friday, October 6th from 4:30pm to 7pm at the VFW Club in Valley City.

They’ll be serving roast beef or chicken dinners. Ice cream from Midwest Dairy Association.

Buy $1 tickets for a chance to win a prize basket. $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 and preschoolers eat free.

The funds raised from this event will be used to help local victims of domestic violence and survivors.

L to R APOC director Kasey Skalicky, CHI Mercy Health’s Stephanie Mayfield and Valley City Mayor Dave Carlsud.