Sanford Receives National Recognition for Stroke Care

Sanford Medical Center in Fargo recently received the Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers.

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Andrea Voorhees
Sanford Media Strategist – Fargo Region
(701) 200-6080 / andrea.voorhees@sanfordhealth.org

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(Fargo, ND) – Sanford Medical Center in Fargo recently received the Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers.

"We're proud to achieve this distinction because it sends a key message to people throughout the region: All stroke care is not equal," says Arlene Biberdorf, vice president, Sanford Neuroscience Center. "The Joint Commission recognizes only those centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes."

"Stroke care that's comprehensive, coordinated and individualized is no small feat," says Kevin Faber, MD. "The on-site review showed we have every piece in place – a well-established rapid response process, advanced treatments, multidisciplinary care teams, a dedicated hospital stroke unit, adherence to best practices and customized patient care. All lead to best possible care and quality of life for people who suffer strokes."

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes.

Sanford earned the recognition after a site visit by the Joint Commission in July. The Joint Commission is the nation's largest independent accrediting body. The review included a rigorous survey of staff, facilities, patient care, procedures, policies, charts, electronic records and more.

The Joint Commission established Primary Stroke Center Certification in 2003 in collaboration with the American Heart Association /American Stroke Association. Sanford is one of two certified centers in North Dakota and the only one in Fargo. Sanford in Sioux Falls, SD, is also a certified Stroke Center.

For more information, please visit www.sanfordhealth.org.

 

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