(Fargo,ND) – Sanford Medical Center-Fargo and its Certified Primary Stroke Center have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s ‘Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Sanford Medical Center- Fargo and its Stroke Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
“Sanford is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”
“Receiving this award affirms our Stroke Program’s mission to serve and improve the health and quality of the life of the people we serve by providing high quality patient-centered, evidence-based stroke care ” said Dr. Kevin Faber, medical director, Sanford Stroke Program. “This recognition is a great honor and we’re very proud of our team.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.