Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has been awarded the 2020 Stroke Hero Award by the Rocky Mountain Stroke Foundation for their exceptional job in stroke care.
A stroke is an interruption of blood supply to any part of the brain and the leading causes of adult disability and death in Montana.
“Stroke is a time-sensitive emergency that requires precise coordination and early, targeted rehabilitation to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient,” said Michael McNamara, secondary prevention specialist at Montana Cardiovascular Health Program, in the award letter to the hospital.
MDMH’s stroke program works to provide a fast response and has built a team with the emergency and rehabilitation departments.
Registered nurse and Director of Patient Care Services at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Jen Bush, said strokes can affect a variety of ages, but are more often seen in elderly. She said the key to successful intervention is for people to know the symptoms of stroke and to seek medical help quickly.
“There are a variety of symptoms from altered mental status to inability to talk, altered gaits, things like that are typical,” Bush said. “Based on symptoms presenting we determine whether or not to activate our stroke team.”