Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Certified Primary Stroke Center graphicThe Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus 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 MRI, MR angiography, dual-source 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

  • Dedicated acute rehabilitative care by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute therapists who specialize in stroke rehabilitation
  • Individualized treatment plans for stroke survivors and their families
  • Multidisciplinary teams including physical, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists
  • Monthly stroke survivor and family support group

Patient outcomes and education

  • Measurement and tracking of stroke patient outcomes with a quality care improvement plan/process
  • Annual stroke screenings and education
  • Ongoing professional programs and conferences for health professionals
  • Community outreach education programs