EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — For the sixth consecutive year, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, the organizations’ highest possible award. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire also was recognized with the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award. 

These awards recognize the commitment of Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire to ensure that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines. 

“This recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to providing the most effective treatment in the event of a stroke,” says Felix Chukwudelunzu, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System stroke neurologist. “Our Mayo Clinic Health System staff continue to strive for excellence in stroke care so that our patients can be assured they will receive the most appropriate treatments quickly and safely.” 

“These recognitions continue to highlight the hard work and dedication our staff put into providing the best care possible for our patients every day,” says Angie Gullicksrud, a stroke coordinator for Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “Our staff continue to put the needs of our patients first, and it shows in the quality of care our patients receive.” 

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire also has met specific scientific guidelines as a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center by providing a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency Department. 

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or ruptures. On average, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every 3½ minutes, and nearly 800,000 people are affected by a new or recurrent stroke each year. For more information on stroke, visit the Mayo Clinic Health System website.

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