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Participating Hospitals Advisory Council



The Participating Hospital Advisory Council (PHAC) was formed April 2011, with the first meeting held May 2011. This group is convened by the North Dakota Department of Health and serves as an advisory body to the State Stroke Program, which is a direct result of a 2009 appropriation to the Department of Health for a comprehensive stroke registry. 

The membership of this group consists of the six tertiary hospitals in North Dakota and one critical access hospital from each of the four referring regions that participate in the State Stroke Program. Other partners involved in the Participating Hospital Advisory Council include: the American Heart Association Greater Midwest Affiliate, UND School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and the Critical Access Hospital Quality Network along with the Department of Health staff and other partners deemed necessary by the participants of this group. 

The Participating Hospital Advisory Council works under the direction of the State Stroke Program and the Stroke System of Care (SSoC) Task Force. Updates of goals, progress of objectives and concerns of implementation will be provided back to task force members at quarterly meetings ensuring communication between both groups. In addition, two members from the PHAC serve on the SSoC Task Force as ancillary partners. 

Translation of Stroke Care Best Practices into Local Procedures

The Participating Hospital Advisory Council was formed to assist with the implementation of objectives in the SSoC Strategic Plan and assist with translating stroke care best practices into processes that are able to be adapted into hospital settings where the work of caring for stroke patients is being done. PHAC also has been tasked with working on statewide policies and procedures that can be adapted by facilities participating in the State Stroke Program, therefore uniting the hospitals in North Dakota and creating continuity of care for stroke patients no matter where strokes are treated in North Dakota. 

                  ND Acute Stroke Transfer Protocol