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Rochester General Hospital Stroke Center

The Stroke Center at Rochester General Hospital is recognized as both a Comprehensive Stroke certified hospital as well as a Joint Commission certified Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center. Our designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center recognizes that our team provides initial and complex diagnostic services including stabilization, emergency care and interventional therapies to patients with acute stroke. Our relentless focus on speed to stroke treatment leads to lives being saved and outcomes being improved every day.

After the initial evaluation and treatment is complete, we offer our patients on-site rehabilitation and specialized follow-up care to cope with the after-effects of stroke. We also strive to educate the community about the factors that can make a stroke more likely, to help reduce the incidence of stroke among our friends, neighbors, and family members.

Experienced Stroke Experts

With highly trained stroke experts using the latest technology and proven processes, Rochester General is recognized as a regional and national leader in stroke care. We have assembled one of the area’s finest specialized stroke teams and given them the tools to succeed through investment in the most advanced technology.

Exceptional stroke care doesn't just come from highly specialized providers and the latest technology. It also comes from treating stroke patients day in and day out. More patients are treated for stroke at Rochester General Hospital than at almost any hospital in New York State. Our region-leading experience has led to RGH being the first hospital in the eastern United States to earn a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission.

Stroke Services In Rochester

Our patients benefit from a complete suite of stroke services:

  • Thrombolysis with alteplase (tPA) for ischemic stroke
  • Mechanical endovascular reperfusion for large vessel ischemic stroke (Thrombectomy)
  • Neurosurgical services including craniectomy and external ventricular drains
  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Endovascular aneurysm embolization
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Carotid stenting
  • Neurocritical care
  • Specialized stroke unit care
  • Rehabilitative services during acute hospitalization, and post-hospital rehabilitative services through our health system partners including the Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center, and multiple skilled nursing facilities.
  • Comprehensive outpatient cerebrovascular care in our Stroke Clinic which includes Vascular Neurology and Neuroendovascular physicians and Neurovascular Ultrasound services.

If you are not in urgent need of assistance and would like more information about the Stroke Center at Rochester General, please call us at (585) 922-4371.

Stroke Care Outcomes and Recognition

Our Stroke Care process creates results that lead to recognition:

  • Rochester General Hospital was the first hospital in the eastern United States to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, earning its Gold Seal of Approval
  • We were also the first hospital in the region to be designated as a primary stroke center by the New York State Department of Health
  • Recipient of the American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, recognizing our success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care
  • Named to the American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, recognizing how quickly eligible stroke patients are treated with a medicine to break down blood clots
  • We participate in a number of quality initiatives and certifications, including Get With The Guidelines, Coverdell and Mission Lifeline.

We also have some of the area's best outcomes, including better than expected complication rates from Carotid Endarterectomies (CEA) performed at Rochester General Hospital. 

30 day rate of stroke or death following CEA (January 1, 2015 to October 31, 2018)

Asymptomatic CEA Symptomatic CEA
Rochester General Hospital 2.4% 2.4%
Expected Rate < 3% < 6%
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