Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
Mercy Stroke Center Joins Iowa Stroke Registry
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Stroke CenterMason City, Iowa – Mercy Stroke Center is part of an initial group of ten Primary Stroke Centers and fourteen Stroke Capable hospitals from across the state of Iowa to join the Iowa Stroke Registry in an effort to improve stroke care for Iowans.

Members of the registry will work together to mentor, train and network as well as share data reports comparing stroke care results.

Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry logoThe Iowa Stroke Registry has been selected to join 10 other states as members of the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program. This program is designed to track the entire continuum of stroke care, from Emergency Medical Services to clinical care, and on to post-clinical and rehabilitation services.

By being part of this Iowa Stroke Registry and the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, the Mercy Stroke Center will take part in advancing stroke care for Iowa and the entire nation.

The Mercy Stroke Center is the only Primary Stroke Center in the North Iowa area and one of only 14 in the state of Iowa. Mercy earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers after The Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in 2009. Yearly reviews are conducted to maintain the certification.

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s fourth leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and stroke accounts for approximately 1 out of every 18 deaths. Stroke is a Alireza Yarahmadi, M.Dleading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“Mercy Stroke Center is focused on decreasing the incidence of stroke and disabilities from stroke,” said Alireza Yarahmadi, M.D., Medical Director of Mercy Stroke Center. “We are working very hard to increase awareness of stroke and its treatments so physicians can save more lives and patients suffering from stroke can have a better quality of life.”

 The signs and symptoms of stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body,
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding,
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, 
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you or someone you know displays any of these symptoms, dial 911 for emergency medical assistance.

More about Mercy Stroke Center

Mercy Stroke Center is focused on decreasing the incidence of stroke and disabilities from stroke in the North Iowa area. The program consists of physicians, neurologists, a nurse coordinator, nursing staff, pharmacists, therapists, dietitians, social services/case managers and technicians from many departments. The goal of the Stroke Center is to detect and treat stroke emergently within the first few hours so that more patients are eligible for treatments or procedures, which can decrease disability or the risk of death after stroke. As a certified stroke center, the service provided has the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes and meeting the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. Mercy Stroke Center works closely with the Acute Rehabilitation Unit located at the West Campus. Rehabilitation is specifically tailored to meet the needs of stroke patients and their families, making the transition from the hospital setting to home a little easier. For information about Mercy Stroke Center and the services available, please contact Jennifer Thoe, R.N., M.S.N. at 641-428-7109.