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CHI St. Alexius Dickinson Receives ND Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Quality Excellence Award

CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center Receives 2019 ND Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Quality Excellence Award

The ND Stroke Taskforce Proudly Recognizes CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson’s commitment to quality stroke care

Dickinson, ND, December 12, 2019 ― CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center has received a 2019 ND Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Quality Excellence Award from The North Dakota Stroke Taskforce. This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson earned the award by reporting data through the GWTG registry to the ND Stroke Program and demonstrating care excellence from January to December of 2018 in Time to IV Alteplase < 60 minutes from Arrival.

The ND Stroke Taskforce recognizes this hospital for success in utilizing the GWTG Stroke Program and demonstrating 100% adherence from January-December 2018 in the highest number of eligible ischemic stroke patients among ND ASRH who receive IV alteplase within 60 minutes of hospital arrival.

“CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative and reporting the data to the North Dakota Department of Health’s stroke program,” said DeeAnna Opstedahl, Vice President for Patient Care Services. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

“We are pleased to recognize CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson for their commitment to up-to-date stroke care,” said Christine Brondyk, BSN, RN State Stroke and Cardiac System Coordinator. “Their commitment to providing high quality care for stroke patients is essential to the mission of the stroke system of care in North Dakota”.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and is a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Each year, about 795,000 persons experience stroke; about 690,000 are new acute ischemic strokes (AIS) and about 140,000 deaths can be attributed to stroke per year.


About CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson:

CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center is a 25-bed, Critical Access Hospital with a Level IV Trauma Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons and The Joint Commission. The hospital serves patients from southwestern North Dakota, eastern Montana, and northern South Dakota. The state-of-the-art hospital facility was completed in 2014 and houses a medical clinic, kidney dialysis unit, and outpatient therapy clinic under one roof. CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson recently was designated as a 4-star facility by CMS and was named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital nationwide in 2019 by iVantage Health Analytics.

About the ND Stroke Program: 

The Division works to establish and maintain a statewide stroke system to improve emergent care to those suffering from a stroke. This work includes the designation of hospitals to their level of stroke care readiness, receiving data from the GWTG state stroke registry, and fostering consensus and aligning state care guideline recommendations to national evidence-based guidelines.

About Get With The Guidelines®:

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit