The Seton Health Stroke Center is designed to provide comprehensive stroke services to patients. Care is provided by emergency care professionals, neurological physicians, radiological services, a full-service laboratory, and critical care and medical nursing services. Additionally, each patient has access to in-house physical and occupational therapies, speech language pathology, and a comprehensive discharge planning service designed to ensure optimal post-hospitalization rehabilitation.
Stroke patients receive all aspects of current therapy, including the use of interventions such as Alteplase (TPA) as indicated. Patients requiring neurosurgical treatment are served through an existing agreement with St. Peters Hospital in Albany.
The Seton Health stroke team meets the patient upon arrival in the Emergency Department and immediately begins evaluation and treatment for appropriate and timely care from admission to discharge and beyond. Patient protocols and pathways have been designed and implemented to ensure that stroke care is standardized and consistent.
St. Mary's Hospital has been named an official Designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). This designation means that Seton Health Stroke Center physicians and staff have received specialized training as outlined by the American Stroke Association's "Get with the Guidelines - Stroke" Program. The program ensures that potential stroke patients receive the highest standard of care available.
Seton Health's Stroke Steering Committee has designed a variety of community educational opportunities to facilitate a widespread awareness of stroke related information throughout our region. For more information or to schedule an educational session for your church or community group, call (518) 268-5517.
In its continuing efforts to promote stroke awareness and strengthen patient recovery, Seton Health/St. Mary's Hospital offers a Stroke Support Group. For more information, see our News/Events section of our web site, or call (518) 268-6062.