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Rochester General Hospital Stroke Center

With highly trained team members using the latest technology and proven processes, Rochester General is recognized as a regional and national leader in stroke care.

When seconds matter, experience counts.

“Time is brain” when it comes to stroke: two million brain cells die every minute during an event, making the speed of treatment an essential factor in any patient’s recovery. At Rochester General, our Emergency Department doctors and nurses undergo intensive, ongoing training in stroke recognition and treatment, so when a stroke patient comes through our doors, we can take rapid and appropriate action to save lives and ensure the fullest possible recoveries.

Expertise That Leads to Excellence

Effective experience comes from more than training. 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, and the first in our region to be designated a Primary Stroke Center by the state Department of Health.

A Team of Dedicated Stroke Care Experts

Rochester General has assembled one of the area’s finest specialized stroke teams and given them the tools to succeed through investment in the most advanced technology. Our biplane angiography unit enables complete treatment for even the most advanced cases, and our physicians, neurosurgeons, nurses, pharmacists and therapists work seamlessly to bring each stroke patient nationally recognized care.

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.


About the Stroke Center

At the Stroke Center at Rochester General, our relentless focus on speed to 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.

jointcommissionsealOur patients benefit from a complete suite of stroke services:

  • Stroke team specialists in the emergency department around the clock with specialized training to provide rapid assessment and treatment
  • Acute stroke unit with nurses and nurse practitioners providing specialized stroke care
  • Intensive care unit with the ability to provide advanced stroke care
  • Neuroradiology team utilizing state-of-the-art biplane angiography to help generate real-time, 3-D views of the brain for complex vascular procedures
  • Accredited vascular lab providing timely diagnostic evaluations
  • Neurologist-provided oversight of each and every stroke and TIA patient admitted to the hospital
  • Acute rehabilitation on site with a specialized team of physical therapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists
  • Social workers trained to assist patients with plans for additional rehabilitation or home care
  • Follow-up care provided by a stroke team specialist after discharge from the hospital
  • On-site stroke support group 

PlusIcons2012_TS_GoldPlus_4COur process creates results that lead to recognition:

  • 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
  • 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
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