Comprehensive Stroke Center

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Strong Memorial Hospital has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.  This designation, which has only been conferred on two other hospitals in New York State, places Strong among an elite group of institutions that provide highly-specialized complex stroke care.

“We are proud that the Joint Commission has recognized our dedicated team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, emergency department physicians, nurses, therapists, and staff,” said neurologist Curtis Benesch, M.D., M.P.H., the medical director of the URMC Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center.  “This certification is a testament to their commitment to provide the highest and most comprehensive level of stroke care to our community.”

Comprehensive Stroke Center certification recognizes that hospitals possess the state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff, and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.  Strong Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review last December.  Requirements for Comprehensive Stroke Center designation include advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique training and skills to care for complex stroke patients, including access to endovascular treatments that can surgically remove clots in the brain. 

“When treating stroke patients, time equals brain,” said neurosurgeon Babak Jahromi, M.D., Ph.D., surgical director of the URMC Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center.“ This requires a team of trained individuals that is ready at a moment’s notice to evaluate stroke patients and provide immediate care and provide access to advanced surgical interventions that can help restore brain function when other methods fail.”

“By achieving this advanced certification, Strong Memorial Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” said Mark Chassin, M.D., M.P.H., president of The Joint Commission.  “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Strong Memorial Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”