Fairview Range Medical Center joins 113 hospitals recognized for their preparedness to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency treatment to patients with acute stroke symptoms. The hospital was initially designated in 2015 and has been re-designated in 2018.
In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature authorized the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to designate hospitals in Minnesota as “stroke hospitals.” The designations from lowest to highest level of stroke care are Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals, Primary Stroke Centers, and Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
The Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation recognizes Fairview Range Medical Center for integration of best practices and collaboration between the care team and local EMS.
“Stroke is a medical emergency which requires immediate treatment. At Fairview Range, we have stroke protocols which ensure that quality and rapid care is offered to every patient, every time” says Dr. Julie Houle, Emergency and Stroke Medical Director at Fairview Range.
Nearly one in three stroke victims in Minnesota first receive care at a rural hospital. In addition, more than one-third of Minnesotans live more than 60 minutes away from a Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Center. These facts highlight the importance of local hospitals becoming designated as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals.
"When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain function lost," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm. "That is why it is so crucial that all Minnesota hospitals are ready to deliver high-quality stroke care close to home."
“There are many factors which may reduce your risk of a stroke. It is important for individuals to regularly follow-up with their primary care provider for routine screenings to identify their specific risk factors,” says Dr. Houle.
It is important for Minnesotans to know how to spot a stroke quickly and call 9-1-1. You can recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by remembering F.A.S.T.
F – facial droop/numbness, A – arm weakness, S – speech difficulty, and T – time to call 9-1-1.