Unity Hospital

Seconds count … and so do the days and weeks afterward

The Stroke Center at Unity Health System

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.