UPMC Mercy is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This is the highest level of stroke certification — earned by an elite group of hospitals recognized for providing state-of-the-art care for the most complex stroke cases.
Certification means we are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to deliver advanced stroke care. Our team works closely with emergency medical services (EMS) providers to ensure that care begins from the moment assistance arrives in the patient's home or in the field. At UPMC Mercy — part of the UPMC Stroke Institute — a “brain attack team” assembles to ensure that medical care is ready and waiting for the patient upon arrival.
Our advanced diagnostic capabilities enable our specialists to provide rapid diagnoses and faster interventions. Our state-of-the-art neurovascular suite allows clinicians to perform leading-edge diagnostic and endovascular interventional procedures on patients suffering from acute stroke and other neurovascular abnormalities.
Our skilled physicians perform the very latest procedures for stroke intervention, including:
UPMC Mercy joins an elite group of Comprehensive Stroke Center certified hospitals in the nation.
To be eligible, hospitals must comply with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and demonstrate the significant resources, staff and training that are necessary for the treatment of the most complex stroke cases, including interventional procedures for acute strokes and hemorrhages. These additional requirements, include:
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 rebuild their life 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.
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.