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 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)
Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) and Carotid Artery Stent (CAS) procedures are performed to remove deposits of fat, called plaque, in the arteries in the neck to prevent a stroke from occurring. In 2012, none of our patients at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo experienced a stroke or adverse outcome following these procedures.
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.
Spotlight on Health
In August 2013, Dr. Lee Guterman was a featured guest of the Spotlight on Health radio show, which airs on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. on Joy FM 96.1. As a guest on the radio station's 30-minute program, Dr. Guterman explains what a stroke is, what causes it, and how it is treated.
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.
The Stroke Support Group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a .m. to 11 a.m. in the OLV Senior Neighborhood Community Room at 55 Melroy Avenue in Lackawanna.
Attendance is free and open to all, including those recently diagnosed stoke patients, long-term stroke survivors, family members and loved ones.