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Advanced Primary Stroke Center

  • Certified Primary Stroke Center graphicThe Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital is certified by DNV-GL as a Primary Stroke Center. The Center provides an integrated and comprehensive approach to stroke care from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation, while offering evidence-based, best-of-practice acute care and rehabilitation.

    Emergency care

    • Neurologist and neurosurgery coverage 24 hours per day
    • Diagnostic technology, such as 3T MRI, MR angiography, 64-slice CT scanner with angiography,
    • Immediate assessment, intervention and management of acute stroke within the Emergency Department, including clot-busting medications

    Inpatient care

    • Award-winning Intensive Care Unit with specially trained registered nurses
    • Designated inpatient unit for stroke care with cardiac monitoring capabilities
    • Inpatient nursing staff with special training in stroke care
    • Surgery to treat hemorrhage, and carotid endarterectomy for narrowed blood vessels
    • Written protocols with evidence-based guidelines, directed by neurology and neurosurgeons and critical care
    • Multidisciplinary discharge planning

    Acute rehabilitation

    Patient outcomes and education

    • Measurement and tracking of stroke patient outcomes with a quality care improvement plan/process
    • Bronze Performance Achievement Award for stroke care quality from the American Heart Association
    • Annual stroke screenings and education
    • Ongoing professional programs and conferences for health professionals