Primary Stroke Treatment Center and Stroke Rehabilitation Services at UPMC Mercy
The American Stroke Association reports that more than 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke every year. It is the fifth leading cause of death and the primary cause of disability among adults. The faster you are evaluated and treated for a stroke, the greater your odds of reducing or reversing its effects.
UPMC Mercy is a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center, offering skilled stroke care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are recognized for providing highly specialized best practices in stroke care.
Our medical team includes neurologists and neurosurgeons who are experts in stroke therapies. They also are part of the UPMC Stroke Institute, giving UPMC Mercy stroke patients access to the latest advanced and investigational stroke therapies.
Stroke Treatment at UPMC Mercy
The acute stroke team’s highly trained physicians and nurses work together to quickly identify and treat stroke symptoms. From the moment we are alerted of a possible stroke, we communicate closely with emergency medical service workers to ensure the patient receives the best possible initial care. By the time a patient arrives at UPMC Mercy, our stroke team is ready to continue with cutting-edge treatment.
UPMC Mercy has advanced diagnostic capabilities that enable our doctors to provide rapid diagnoses and faster interventions. Our state-of-the-art neurovascular suite is especially designed for patients with acute strokes and other neurovascular abnormalities. Here, our skilled physicians perform the very latest procedures for stroke intervention, including:
- Aneurysm coiling
- Aneurysm clipping
- Cerebral vessel stenting
- Clot extraction
- Pipeline embolization
View UPMC Mercy's stroke outcomes compared to the national rates.
Acute Care Stroke Units
In the immediate days after a stroke, our team of highly trained, stroke-specific doctors and nurses provide patients with coordinated, around-the-clock monitoring and care in our dedicated neurocritical care and stroke units.
UPMC Mercy’s dedicated, inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Unit gives our patients and their families the care, information, and support they need during the critical first days and weeks of recovery.
Our patients continue to recover and build their skills at UPMC’s Center for Stroke Rehabilitation — part of the nationally renowned UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. Based at UPMC Mercy, a specific, multidisciplinary treatment plan is created for each patient that can include speech, occupational, and physical therapies, under the direction of board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors.
The Rehabilitation Institute also offers its Robotics and Gaming Center at UPMC Mercy. Here, stroke patients can take advantage of robotics and gaming technologies, along with traditional therapies, as part of their treatment plan.
Stroke Support Group
If you or someone you know is a stroke survivor, join us on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for our free support group, which meets in the Clark Auditorium on the 2nd floor of UPMC Mercy. This group is open to any interested member of the community.
In 2016, UPMC Mercy sponsored Pennsylvania’s first Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp for stroke survivors and caregivers, part of a nationwide program.