Published on December 02, 2019

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior recognized as “stroke champion”

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior recently was recognized as a Coverdell Stroke Champion for its efforts to coordinate stroke care among myriad partners.

The distinction came from the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s Coverdell Stroke Program, which assists hospitals and EMS providers in their mission to provide the highest standard of stroke care.

At Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior, work already was underway to collect and monitor stroke-performance data. Now, as a Coverdell Stroke Champion, the next steps are to implement quality-improvement processes for stroke care, work with EMS to improve transition of care and continue to enhance data collection.

Hospitals that coordinate with community-based partners have shown a reduction in re-hospitalization rates.

“Our team is excited to engage in more sustainable quality-improvement efforts for the care of our stroke patients right here in Superior,” said Brittney Wisted, clinical supervisor at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior. “Time is brain and partnering with others focused on improving the quality of our stroke care will enhance our team’s ability to give our patients the best possible care and improve outcomes.”

In 2001, Congress directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement state-based registries that measure, track and improve the delivery and quality of stroke care. The registry was named the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry after the late U.S. Senator who suffered a fatal stroke in 2000.

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