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Stroke Center

If you suspect you're having a stroke, don't hesitate - Call 9-1-1.

Stroke is a major health problem, with staggering effects on individuals, families and caregivers:

  • Approximately 740,000 people in America suffer a stroke each year.
  • It is the third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of disability in the United States.
  • More women die from stroke than men – stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.
  • Statistically, African Americans have a particularly high stroke risk.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 4 million Americans have survived a stroke.
  • Of those survivors, the American Stroke Association says 15-30% will be permanently disabled.

Stroke is a life-changing event – but not an inevitable one. According to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of strokes could have been prevented through management and modification of risk factors including high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol.

The Rochester General Hospital Stroke Center is committed to providing the highest level of stroke care including rapid assessment by a specialized stroke team, the most advanced treatment options for acute stroke care, and education about stroke risk factors for patients, family members and the community. The care our patients receive is our number one priority.

About the Rochester General Stroke Center

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RGH is one of the busiest Stroke Centers in Western New York. The RGH Stroke Center provides comprehensive medical treatment for stroke care and related conditions - from immediate treatment for people experiencing an acute stroke to specialized follow-up care for those coping with the after effects of stroke or other related conditions. The mission of the RGH Stroke Center is to provide exceptional quality acute stroke care and secondary stroke prevention to adults with ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke and transient cerebral ischemia.

By earning the "Gold Seal of approval" from the Joint Commission, the RGH Stroke Center was the first center in Rochester to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center. RGH was also the first center in Rochester to be selected as an official state-designated stroke center by the New York State Department of Health.

The RGH Stroke Center offers:

  • Stroke care team specialists in the Emergency Department 24/7 with the ability to provide rapid assessment and treatment
  • Acute Stroke Unit with stroke trained nurses and nurse practitioners providing specialized stroke and medical care
  • Intensive care unit with the ability to provide advanced stroke care
  • Neuroradiology team providing state-of-the-art brain and vascular imaging 24/7
  • Accredited vascular lab providing timely diagnostic evaluations 
  • Neurological oversight of stroke care provided for all stroke and TIA patients admitted to the hospital
  • Acute rehabilitation on site with a specialized team of physical therapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists
  • Social workers specially trained to assist patients with plans for rehabilitation or home care
  • Stroke clinic for follow-up care provided by a stroke care team specialist after discharge from the hospital
  • On-site stroke support group for stroke care

Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award logoWhat it Means to be a Joint Commission and New York State Designated Primary Stroke Center

Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on criteria developed by the American Stroke Association in collaboration with the Brain Attack Coalition, a multidisciplinary stroke care advisory group. Stroke certified centers must demonstrate success in the following areas:

  • Recognition of consensus-based national standards for stroke care
  • Stroke Center clinical performance measurement and improvement activities
  • Management of clinical stroke care following primary stroke center recommendations and current, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines

Contact Information

Non-urgent stroke questions and information about the RGH Stroke Center, call (585) 922-4371.