Hennepin Stroke Center at Hennepin County Medical Center Awarded Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

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Hennepin Stroke Center at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

With this certification, HCMC joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.  Continue reading “Hennepin Stroke Center at Hennepin County Medical Center Awarded Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers”

FAST assessment, care at Ridgeview saves 45-year-old from devastating consequences of stroke

Greg, Irja and Trevor Gardner

Irja Gardner of Mound is an early riser who likes to complete her workout routine before her son gets up for school.  But on Wednesday, June 6, her routine was cut short when she noticed that the readings on her X-Box exercise program monitor didn’t seem quite right.

“The X-Box said, ’40 percent complete’ when it usually says ’95 percent complete’ after the first set of reps,” said Gardner. “Then I couldn’t stand up anymore — I fell and ended up on the floor. I wasn’t sure what was going on, so I stumbled up the stairs and sat down on the couch for a while, thinking it would pass. I can’t remember too many details after that.”

Continue reading “FAST assessment, care at Ridgeview saves 45-year-old from devastating consequences of stroke”