Programs & initiatives in Health Care – Minnesota Stroke System

Programs & Initiatives in Health Care
Minnesota Stroke System

A coordinated statewide system of care ensures all hospitals are equipped and ready to provide the best care possible for all Minnesotans. The Minnesota Stroke System was officially launched in April 2014. The Minnesota Department of Health partners with the American Heart Association, hospitals, EMS agencies, and many others to implement this coordinated system of care for Minnesota.

We designate facilities as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals, Primary Stroke Centers, and Comprehensive Stroke Centers. In addition, we train emergency medical service (EMS) providers to recognize the symptoms of stroke and take patients quickly to hospitals for fast treatment. As a result of the system, 90% of the state’s residents live within 30 minutes of a designated stroke center.

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About Stroke Hospital Designation

MN Statutes 2013 § 144.492-494 authorizes MDH to designate hospitals as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals, Primary Stroke Centers (PSCs), and Comprehensive Stroke Centers (CSCs). As of July 1, 2018 MDH has designated 115 stroke hospitals. Ninety-one percent of the state’s residents now live within 30 minutes of a designated stroke center.

Apply for designation

For questions about designation, please contact Michelle Gray Ansari at


The Minnesota Stroke System hospitals are designated on a semi-annual application cycle. Stroke Hospital Designations continue to remain effective for three years. Designation applications are due:

  • April 1 (Effective date July 1)
  • October 1 (Effective date January 1)

Hospitals with expiration dates on their certificates of March 31 or June 30 will be due in April. Hospitals with expiration dates of September 30 or December 31 will be due in October.

For any questions related to your facility’s designation deadline please contact the Minnesota Stroke Program at

For more information, email: or call (651) 201-4095.

Resources: Find all of the documents, tools, guidance documents, and resources produced by the Stroke Program for our partners.

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