July 2014
Mercy is ‘stroke ready’ hospital

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has designated Mercy Hospital as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital for a three-year period.


The stroke-ready designation means that Mercy is equipped to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency care to patients with acute stroke symptoms. For example, a stroke-ready hospital always has a stroke team available, has a CT scanner onsite and can administer life-saving medications. The stroke hospital designation process is the principal component of the Minnesota Stroke System.


Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in Minnesota, accounting for about 2,000 deaths annually according to the MDH. Minnesota hospitals treat more that 11,000 strokes each year. Nearly one in three Minnesota stroke victims first receive care at a small, rural hospital, highlighting the importance of smaller hospitals becoming designated stroke-ready.


“A stroke is a brain emergency,” said Donita Korpela, RN, Mercy Director of Patient Services.  “Time is crucial in stroke care and that’s why it is so important that Mercy is ready to deliver high-quality stroke care close to home.”


It is also critical for community members to know how to spot a stroke fast and call 9-1-1. Recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by remembering F.A.S.T.:


F – facial droop/numbness

A – arm weakness

S – speech difficulty

T – time to call 9-1-1 immediately.


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