LINCOLN, Neb. — The state has designated 13 Nebraska hospitals as primary stroke centers.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday the designation is part of creating what it calls a Stroke System of Care across the state. The goal: facilitate rapid recognition of symptoms, patient transport to an appropriate hospital and timely treatment.

The 13 hospitals are: Bellevue Medical Center, Bellevue; Bryan Health, Lincoln; CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy, Omaha; CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney; CHI Health Immanuel, Omaha; CHI Health Lakeside, Omaha; CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln; Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk; Great Plains Health, North Platte; Mary Lanning Healthcare. Hastings; Methodist Hospital, Omaha; Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha; and Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island.

More information is available online at http://bit.ly/2uqK6Xe .