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Mercy is ‘stroke ready’ hospital

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Mercy Hospital is one of 112 Minnesota hospitals recognized for their preparedness to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency treatment to patients with acute stroke symptoms.

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature authorized the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to designate hospitals in Minnesota as “stroke hospitals.” The designations from lowest to highest level of stroke care are Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals, Primary Stroke Centers, and Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

Mercy’s recently renewed three-year Acute Stroke Ready Hospital 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.

Nearly one in three Minnesota stroke victims first receive care at a small, rural hospital. In addition, more than one-third of Minnesotans live more than 60 minutes away from a Primary Stoke Center. These facts highlight the importance of local hospitals becoming designated as stroke-ready facilities.

“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 quickly 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.