Skip to main content
Explore URMC

UR Medicine


The Region's Only Mobile Stroke Unit

Time is critical for stroke victims. With every minute that passes, precious brain cells are lost. Quick treatment can preserve brain cells, save lives and improve recovery.

That’s why UR Medicine, in partnership with American Medical Response, has launched Upstate and Central New York's FIRST Mobile Stroke Unit - the 13th in the nation. The unit will help us provide specialized, life-saving care to stroke victims before they even get to the hospital.

UR Medicine has been committed to providing state-of-the-art stroke care across the region for years, and the Mobile Stroke Unit is the next step in those efforts.

The care provided by the Mobile Stroke Unit could save the lives of many
members of our community – nearly 3,000 people in the Rochester region suffer from a stroke every year.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.

When It comes to Stroke, Time Is Brain!

Time Is Brain

What is a Stroke?

A stroke (otherwise known as a brain attack) occurs when brain cells die due to disruption of blood flow to the brain or bleeding in the brain.

Stroke can be caused by either a blocked blood vessel (ischemic stroke) or a leaky blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke) in the brain. Depending on the region of the brain affected, symptoms can include difficulty using or understanding language, slurring of speech, weakness or numbness of the arm, face, and/or leg (usually on one side), loss of vision or double vision, headache, and/or loss of consciousness. These symptoms usually occur suddenly without warning.

Learn more

Mobile Stroke in the News

Mobile Stroke Unit - Doug's Story