Jamestown Regional Medical Center has received an award for its high-quality care for stroke patients.

The American Heart Association and North Dakota Stroke Taskforce awarded JRMC the 2019 ND Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Quality Excellence Award. This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

JRMC earned the award by reporting data through the Get With The Guidelines registry to the ND Stroke Program and demonstrating care excellence from January to December of 2018.

“JRMC is dedicated to offering the best care available for our stroke patients,” said Mike Delfs, JRMC president and CEO. “The tools and resources from the American Heart Association help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. Offering the best in stroke care is one more way JRMC can exceed expectations and be the difference in the lives of those we serve.”

“We are pleased to recognize JRMC for its commitment to up-to-date stroke care,” said Christine Brondyk, RN State Stroke and Cardiac System coordinator. “JRMC’s commitment to high-quality care for stroke patients is essential to the mission of the stroke system of care in North Dakota”.

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According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and is a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Each year, about 795,000 persons experience stroke; about 690,000 are new acute ischemic strokes (AIS) and about 140,000 deaths can be attributed to stroke per year.

The Division of Emergency Medical Systems, part of the North Dakota Department of Health, works to establish and maintain a statewide stroke system to improve emergent care to those suffering from a stroke. This work includes the designation of hospitals to their level of stroke care readiness, receiving data from the GWTG state stroke registry, and fostering consensus and aligning state care guideline recommendations to national evidence-based guidelines.

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.