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Call 911 in an Emergency

If you or a loved one is experiencing stroke symptoms, call 911 and get to the nearest stroke center.

Locations

Kenmore Mercy Hospital
2950 Elmwood Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217

Mercy Ambulatory Care Center
3669 Southwestern Boulevard
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
565 Abbott Road
Buffalo, NY 14220

Sisters of Charity Hospital
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

St. Joseph Campus
2605 Harlem Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225


Act Fast at the First Signs of Stroke

Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage and disability, such as trouble moving, speaking or thinking, or death. 

Treatment, called a tPA, can be given within the first three hours after symptoms start and can reduce the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability. Less than 5% of patients who would be eligible for tPA receive it. Why? Because they waited too long to seek attention.

Acting fast to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.

In case of a stroke, go to the nearest stroke center. Once you are stabilized at your nearest stroke center, you may be transferred to Mercy Hospital, the area's only Comprehensive Stroke Center, if you require complex procedures. 

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.

Western New York's Only Comprehensive Stroke Center

Comprehensive Stroke Center

If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, trust Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, the area's only Comprehensive Stroke Center, to make every second count.

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Mercy Hospital can treat the most complex stroke cases, with highly specialized staff, equipment and facilities. 

No other hospital in Western New York and fewer than 100 hospitals in the nation are Comprehensive Stroke Centers. Click here to learn more.

More Designated Stroke Centers Than Any Other Health System in WNY

Catholic Health has more designated stroke centers than any other system in the region, giving you emergency treatment that's close to home.

Designated Stroke Center

These three hospitals have all been named Designated Stroke Centers by the New York State Department of Health:

  • Kenmore Mercy Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital of Buffalo 
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital 

In most cases, patients admitted to Designated Stroke Centers:

  • Are seen by a physician within 15 minutes of arrival in the ER
  • Receive a CT scan within 25 minutes
  • Receive CT results and lab results in 45 minutes
  • Receive clot-busting drugs within 60 minutes of arrival or three hours of symptom onset

Recognition for Quality Care

2014 Get with the Guidelines: Stroke

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 met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients (Kenmore Mercy Hospital AwardsMercy Hospital AwardsSisters Hospital Awards).

Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center

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 for quality, safety and patient care outcomes. (Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards)

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.

Cholesterol, Glucose and Blood Pressure Screenings

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.