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Stroke Center at Unity Hospital

Seconds count … and so do the days and weeks afterward

Having a stroke is a frightening experience that can be life-changing — from the onset of the stroke itself all the way through your recovery. You need help from professionals who know how to care for you at every stage.

The Stroke Center at Unity Health System is a New York State-recognized designated stroke center. Accredited by the New York State Department of Health, we are the only Stroke Center in the area that provides a true continuum of careto meet all of your changing medical needs.

Our unique stroke nurse navigator model is also the only one of its kind in the area. Your stroke nurse navigator helps manage your care from the minute you come into our hospital until you are able to return home — and even helps coordinate your continued outpatient clinical and therapy appointments and medical treatment. We offer education, support and a shoulder to lean on for patients and families.

Chris Burke, M.D., the medical director of Unity’s Stroke Center, leads a dedicated team that specializes in stroke care. We ensure that you receive consistent care. With seamless transitions from acute inpatient through rehabilitation to our outpatient stroke clinic and outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic

You'll find our highly skilled team is patient-friendly, down-to-earth and approachable. We focus on providing high-quality services and compassionate patient care. And our easily accessible facility features state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology.

Our Stroke Center has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s "Get with the Guidelines"Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for three years in a row. This award is an advanced level of recognition that acknowledges our stroke program in meeting and exceeding all of the stroke care practice measures.

Our unique stroke and TIA clinic is currently supported by a three-year grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. Our clinic is designed to improve secondary prevention in patients who come to Unity Hospital with a stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). Our program includes risk factor assessment and treatment, enhanced patient and family education, early (within 7 days) and ongoing post-hospital follow-up and tight care coordination. Our goal is to reduce recurrent stroke, myocardial infarction and hospital readmissions by improving management of stroke risk factors, both medical and lifestyle.

Finally, our stroke inpatient lengths of stay are the best in the area due to the efficiency of our comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning of stroke patients. More importantly, patients are followed up by an extraordinary inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation program where recovery can be started as quickly as possible.


Our tPA percentages consistently beat the national average; tPA stands for Tissue Plasminogen Activator, a strong "clot dissolving" medicine that must be administered as soon as possible to help prevent lasting damage.

Our Stroke Center provides evidence-based primary stroke care, from initial evaluation to treatment to rehabilitation. You’ll have a dedicated medical team that specializes in treating patients who’ve had a stroke or TIA. 

Our Stroke Center nurse navigator essentially meets you at the door to coordinate your care and ensure that all of the services designated by your physicians and therapists are provided. The nurse navigator also coordinates care between discharge, rehabilitation and your return home.

You can be confident that you’re receiving the highest quality, most innovative stroke care available. Our services include:

  • Medical management for inpatient stroke and TIA patients, including diagnostic and follow-up treatment throughout your stay and after your return home
  • Acute stroke rehabilitation at Unity's Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center
  • Outpatient stroke and TIA clinic at Unity's Rehabilitation & Neurology Physician Services
  • Outpatient stroke rehabilitation at Unity Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation locations

Results that speak for themselves

We know that the results that matter most to you are your individual results, but it helps to know that our team’s performance is leading the way in stroke care. Our dedicated team works with stroke patients day in and day out, which helps to sharpen our skills and solidify our expertise. Ultimately, that benefits you!

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