Pictured are Cheryl Verschelde, RN, Quality Coordinator; Dodie Derynck, RN, Chief Nursing Officer; and Karen Maher, RN, Emergency Department Manager.

Avera Marshall Re-Designated as Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital

Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, Minn. has again been designated an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital by the state of Minnesota.

Every three years, hospitals participating in this voluntary designation process go through an outside review of their resources and capabilities to care for patients experiencing stroke.

“Prompt access to appropriate care is critical for patients with acute stroke symptoms. Participating in this designation process ensures we are prepared to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency treatment,” said Mary Maertens, Regional President and CEO, Avera Marshall.

Since 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health’s Stroke Program has been designating stroke-ready hospitals across the state so that all Minnesotans will ultimately live within 30 minutes of a hospital that is equipped and ready to provide the best stroke care possible.

The Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation recognized Avera Marshall for integration of best practices, use of telemedicine services through Avera eCARE and collaboration between the care team and local EMS.

The Minnesota Stroke Program emphasizes the importance of people knowing how to spot a stroke quickly and call 9-1-1.

The acronym F.A.S.T. is recognized nationally as a reminder of the symptoms.

F – facial droop/numbness

A – arm weakness

S – speech difficulty

T – time to call 9-1-1

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