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Deaconess Hospital announced Thursday that it has been recognized by the Washington State Department of Health as a Level 1 Stroke Center.
The recognition certifies Deaconess as able to provide the highest level of care for stroke patients at all hours, a critical factor for treatment.
Immediate treatment can help to minimize the long-term effects of a stroke including disabilities and death.
Deaconess recently added key components to earn recognition - specifically interventional care.
Deaconess CEO Maurine Cate says this is a significant step forward for the Inland Northwest community.
"Our stroke care team includes specialists in interventional neurology, neurosurgery, and neuro-hospitalist care creating a truly integrated stroke care center. This designation as a Level 1 Stroke Center puts us at the forefront of stroke patient care," Cate said.