New Stroke Awards Recognize Top Hospitals for Rapid-Response Treatment

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…

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