Cambridge Medical Center has been recognized for its 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 Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation recognizes Cambridge Medical Center for its ability to care for these patients. 

“We see stroke patients here regularly and last year implemented new procedures in our Emergency Department to provide care even more quickly than before. We are very pleased to receive this designation which recognizes our work to provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Cambridge Medical Center President Gary Shaw.

The stroke leadership team that has been put in place includes Director of Emergency Services Mark Thayer, M.D.; ED Nurse Manager Autumn Hanes, RN; ED Patient Care Supervisor Megan Hawkinson, RN; Nathan McLean, MD; and Jane Achenbach, MD.

Nearly one in three Minnesota stroke victims first receives 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.” 

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