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Monument Health Rapid City Hospital honored for high-quality stroke care

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 15, 2022) – Monument Health Rapid City Hospital has earned an upgraded rating from the American Heart Association. The hospital received a Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability. Previously Monument Health Rapid City Hospital received a Silver award.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Monument Health Rapid City Hospital for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., Chair of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”


Wade Ellett
Communications Specialist
Strategic Marketing and Communications
Monument Health

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