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Grand Itasca Redesignated as Acute Stroke Ready Hospital

7/24/2017

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently redesginated as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health ("MDH"). This means Grand Itasca meets all the criteria set forth by MDH to be able to provide the best care possible to stroke patients. Criteria include designated acute stroke team, 24/7 imaging and lab capabilities, established collaboration with EMS, written protocols for treatment and transfer of stroke patients, education for staff, and demonstrated collection and utilization of data.

 

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently redesginated as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health ("MDH"). This means Grand Itasca meets all the criteria set forth by MDH to be able to provide the best care possible to stroke patients. Criteria include designated acute stroke team, 24/7 imaging and lab capabilities, established collaboration with EMS, written protocols for treatment and transfer of stroke patients, education for staff, and demonstrated collection and utilization of data.

The designation is voluntary and requires a written application and site visit. In a recent site visit, MDH noted, "we were particularly impressed by your comprehensive approach to developing and improving your program through continuous performance improvement…There is a strong infrastructure in place to support PI (process improvement) efforts and stroke program growth, with the involvement and engagement of a strong stroke program leadership team." The stroke leadership team is made up of Dr. Paul Palecek, Stroke Program Physician Lead; Kathy Helmbrecht, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator; Brenda Parks, RN, Stroke Program Clinic Lead, and Mary Spoden, RHIT, Quality Clinical Data Analyst.

"I love working with the stroke team; their passion and commitment to good stroke care is contagious. Whether I'm talking with a stroke committee member, an X-ray tech, lab manager, or ER floor nurse, the drive to make our processes better for the patient is always first priority" says Spoden.

"Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability for patients. Our stroke team is a large interdisciplinary team that includes the EMS community. We are working towards a common goal, to ensure the best outcome possible for our patients. This includes early recognition and coordinated and streamlined care in the Emergency Department. We continually work on this by evaluating each stroke case, providing ongoing education for staff, and continually making improvements to our processes" says Parks.

Grand Itasca is proud to offer stroke patients the best possible care. MDH agrees that "Grand Itasca has a very strong stroke program…your hospital is well positioned to be a model for the state."

Pictured with the Acute Stroke Ready designation certificate are Mary Spoden, RHIT, Kathy Helmbrecht, RN, Tina Haden, RN and Brenda Parks, RN.

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