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North Colorado Medical Center renews stroke designation

GREELEY, Colo. (Nov. 14, 2022) – North Colorado Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification.

The Banner Health hospital underwent a rigorous onsite visit Aug. 25 to review compliance with certification standards. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

The certification recognizes the hospital’s commitment to continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care for stroke patients.

“We are focused on making sure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment based on proven practices,” said Banner stroke program manager Brenda Tousley, DNP. “Ultimately we want to save more lives and reduce disability.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, nonprofit facility licensed in Greeley, Colorado owned by Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 30 hospitals in six states. It serves as a regional medical center offering a comprehensive scope of community-based and specialty health care services for an area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado. It offers Emergency care, cancer care, heart care, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging and medical air transport. For more information, visit

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