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Sanford honored for stroke care

Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, N.D., has received the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award. This award recognizes Sanford's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to national standards and recommendations.

To receive the award, Sanford Medical Center demonstrated a high level of adherence to key performance measures for more than 12 consecutive months. These include the use of clot-busting medications whenever possible, appropriate blood thinning and clot prevention medications, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, among many others.

Sanford Medical Center has been using the GTWG-Stroke guidelines since 2006. It is the only center in North Dakota to receive the nationally recognized award. Sanford received the Bronze award in 2008, the Silver award in 2009 and the Gold award in 2010. Additionally, in 2009, Sanford Medical Center became only the second hospital in the state to be awarded disease-specific certification as a primary stroke center from the Joint Commission.

According to the American Stroke 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; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.