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Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center certified primary stroke center

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts, according to the American Stroke Association.

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Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center received primary stroke center recertification from DNV GL-Healthcare, a world-leading certification body.

St. Joseph’s is one of three hospitals within Essentia Health to receive certification and the only primary stroke center in central Minnesota.

Certification and recertification are based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association and affirms the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

“Achieving re-certification shows our continued commitment to excellence and lets our community know we have the resources to provide the best possible stroke care,” said Elsie Stanek, a registered nurse and program manager of the stroke program, in a news release.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.

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