FARGO, N.D. – Sanford Health in Fargo, North Dakota, has been recognized as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This is the highest level of stroke certification. The accreditation signifies Sanford Fargo meets the standards to treat the most complex stroke cases.
This makes Sanford Fargo the only Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. It’s also the only center between Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis.
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“We know the sooner stroke patients receive treatment, the better their outcomes,” said Michael Manchak, M.D., Sanford Health stroke neurologist. “Patients and their families can now be close to home and stay in North Dakota for the emergency care they need.”
Stroke certification criteria
Some of the criteria to be an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center include:
- Dedicated neuro-intensive care unit and neuro-critical care providers provide neuro-critical care 24/7.
- Cerebrovascular neurosurgery team capable of managing brain vessel pathology of any complexity with microsurgical and endovascular approaches.
- Commitment to continual performance improvement to meet stringent outcome criteria.
- Meet or exceed minimum number of patients served with various stroke treatments including surgical and pharmaceutical interventions.
- Outstanding stroke research and education programs.
This accreditation comes after a rigorous review and evaluation. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States. It is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Knowing and understanding the signs and symptoms of stroke can you get care quickly. The first thing to do is to act B.E. F.A.S.T.:
- Sudden loss of Balance
- Lost vision in one or both Eyes
- Check for Facial drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech difficulty
- If those signs are present, then it’s Time to call 911.
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