Published on July 26, 2017

Essentia Health-Holy Trinity Hospital designated as stroke ready

Essentia Health-Holy Trinity Hospital in Graceville joins 112 hospitals recognized for their preparedness to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency treatment to patients with acute stroke symptoms.

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.

"We are honored that Holy Trinity Hospital has been re-designated as an Acute Stroke Ready Stroke facility," said Jill Johnsrud, director of nursing at Essentia Health- Holy Trinity Hospital. "We recognize the vital role that communities, ambulance services, hospitals and health care professionals play in the care and management of stroke patients and we remain committed to our community by striving to provide the highest possible care to our patients."

Nearly one in three Minnesota stroke victims first receive care at a small, rural hospital. In addition, more than one-third of Minnesotans live more than 60 minutes away from a Primary Stroke Center. These facts highlight the importance of local hospitals becoming designated as stroke-ready facilities.

"When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost," said MDH Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger. "That is why it is so crucial that all Minnesota hospitals are ready to deliver high-quality stroke care close to home."

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.