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Allina Health hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul receive Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL Healthcare

MINNEAPOLIS 01/27/2015

Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in St. Paul have received certification from DNV GL Healthcare as Comprehensive Stroke Centers, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events.

"With stroke care, you must have the best clinicians and resources, but also the ability to act organizationally with extreme efficiency because of the time-critical nature of these events," said Sandra Hanson, M.D., neurologist and co-medical director, Neurovascular Program, Allina Health's John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute. "This certification from DNV GL validates all the effort we have put into our program and to ensuring the health and safety of our patients."

The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that each hospital addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

"Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence," says Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare. "And it helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level."

Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the most appropriate, reimbursable care.

About DNV GL Healthcare

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services. Within healthcare, DNV GL helps its customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, disease-specific certifications and quality-management training. The DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping its customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information about DNV GL Healthcare, visit

About John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute, part of Allina Health

Allina Health, along with our affiliated physician partners, is a national leader in the treatment and care of patients with neurological conditions through the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute, effectively treating patients for neurological conditions such as aneurysm, stroke, tumors of the brain and spinal cord, epilepsy, balance and movement disorders, headaches and sleep disorders. Each year, more than 100,000 people from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and surrounding regions receive neurological care at an Allina Health facility.


Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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