With more designated stroke centers than any other system in the region, Catholic Health ensures that when a stroke strikes and every second counts, there’s treatment close to home.
These three hospitals (indicated by red crosses in the map below) have all been named Designated Stroke Centers by the New York State Department of Health.
In most cases, patients admitted to Designated Stroke Centers:
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus for quality stroke care.
These hospitals achieved 85% or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement Indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals. The Plus achievement reflects at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance with 5 or more Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes (Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards, Mercy Hospital Awards, Sisters Hospital Awards).
Mercy Hospital was also given Target: Stroke Honor Roll status. For 12 consecutive months, at least 50% of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent. TPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.
In addition, Kenmore Mercy Hospital has been awarded a special certification from the Joint Commission for its stroke care program. Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Centers are held to high standards in the areas of quality, safety and patient care outcomes. (Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards)
In addition to our three Designated Stroke Centers, our stroke treatment facilities include:
By circling the Buffalo region with high quality stroke services, Catholic Health hopes to make a significant impact on one of the leading causes of death and disability in the area.
There are a number of risk factors that can put someone at a higher risk of having a stroke. These include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure; a medical history that includes heart disease, diabetes, or stroke; and high cholesterol.
Attend our Mission on the Move events to receive free cholesterol, glucose (diabetes) and blood pressure screenings, followed by a personal consultation with a Catholic Health nurse. Visit our events calendar for upcoming screenings.