Local hospital is "Golden" for stroke patients

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A local hospital is setting the bar for all of Nebraska when it comes to caring for stroke patients. Hospital staff say it's a reflection on all staff, from EMS crews to surgeons.

Thursday at Great Plains Health, the hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award."

Beth Malina, the American Heart Association, Mission Lifeline Stroke Director for Nebraska, says the hospital gives life saving medications quickly, an average of 35 minutes once someone is recognized as a stroke victim.

Malina says, "There isn't a hospital in this state that is doing that, and consistently like this hospital is doing."

Dr. Kumar is the Medical Director for the Great Plains Health Stroke Program. He says, "We are one of the best in the Nebraska state who quickly infuse [the medications]. Our median time is around 35 minutes, which is one of the best in our state."

It's the second year in a row that the hospital has won the award.