Local Briefs

Trinity to be honored as 1,000th Primary Stroke Center

Representatives from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association will be in Minot Tuesday to recognize Trinity Health as the 1,000th Certified Primary Stroke Center in the U.S.

The Joint Commission launched its stroke center program in 2003 to improve the outcomes of people who experience stroke. A Primary Stroke Center is a hospital that’s been certified to perform best practices when it comes to stroke care.

Trinity’s approval followed a two-year effort that included putting in place protocols to treat stroke patients within the critical three-hour window that is required to minimize loss of brain tissue. It also involved a rigorous site inspection.

The Joint Commission and American Heart Association officials will mark the 1,000th stroke center at a news conference Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Trinity Hospital skywalk.

– Jill Hambek

Calif. fugitive caught in Minot

A fugitive wanted in California was arrested in Minot Friday.

The Minot Police Department states it was advised by the U.S. Marshals Service Friday about a subject, Jack Nelson Nottingham, who was reportedly in Minot and was wanted on a probation hold warrant out of Riverside, Calif. A short time later Minot police spotted a vehicle matching Nottingham’s description being driven in northwest Minot. A traffic stop was initiated by Minot police and U.S. Marshals, resulting in the arrest of Nottingham without incident. He is being held in Ward County Jail awaiting extradition to Riverside, Calif.