Mayo Clinic Health System, Southeastern Minnesota has been awarded the Continuous Impact Award from the Minnesota Department of Health for their work in creating long-term improvements in the quality of stroke care.  The award aims to recognize and showcase successful quality improvement initiatives throughout the state of Minnesota’s hospital-based stroke programs.

The health department award includes all Mayo Clinic Health System Southeast Minnesota acute stroke ready facilities in Albert Lea, Austin, Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.

The Minnesota Department of Health award notes that Mayo Clinic Health System staff developed a ‘stroke code’ process that could be used each time a patient with symptoms of stroke came into one of the regional facilities.  By doing this allows Mayo Clinic Health System providers to travel between hospitals with increased standardized processes. The end result initiated immediate results in better care for the patients.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester also received an Operational Excellence Award.