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Trinity Health Receives Silver Award for Stroke Care

Date:  March 26th, 2013

Contact/Phone:  Mary Muhlbradt
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(MINOT, ND)—The American Heart Association has accorded Trinity Health its Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for demonstrating high compliance with national stroke care standards. The organization considers the Silver Award for programs that have consistently met AHA's Get With The Guidelines® standards
for one year.

Trinity Health launched a comprehensive program in 2011 for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, and last year it received accreditation by the Joint Commission as a Certified Primary Stroke Center.

Trinity's program emphasizes best care practices to improve stroke outcomes along with education/prevention strategies to help people manage risk factors and learn what they should do if stroke symptoms occur.

“Trinity Hospital is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country,” said Trinity Health President/CEO John M. Kutch. “The American Heart Association's guidelines help us accomplish that goal, and this recognition demonstrates we're on the right track.”

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Warning signs include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

“Our biggest concern is that people will ignore the symptoms and fail to seek immediate medical care,” said Stroke Coordinator Jerilyn Alexander, RN.  “Stroke requires immediate treatment within three hours - the longer the wait, the greater the damage to the brain and the greater the potential for disability afterwards.” SPACE index.php