CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck has been re-certified by DNV as a Primary Plus Stroke Center, affirming the hospital’s readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related medical problems.
“We are proud of our Stroke team at CHI St. Alexius Health for delivering the highest quality and safe care to our stroke patients,” said Dr. Shiraz Hyder, neurologist and medical director of the Stroke Center at CHI St. Alexius Health. The Stroke center was the first in the region, receiving its first certification in 2008. The thrombectomy (clot retrieval) capability was added in 2012.
According to Brannigan Hamrick, RN Stroke Program Coordinator “The Stroke team at CHI St. Alexius Health consists of a collaboration of physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff who work closely to reduce variation in clinical process, improve efficiency, and strengthen program structure to ensure best outcomes”.
The DNV Primary Plus Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. “Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Horine, President of DNV Healthcare USA Inc. “And it helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. Because stroke or “brain attack” affects blood flow to the brain, rapid and effective treatment can save lives and provide the best chance of limiting the extent of long-term damage.
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