The New York State Department of Health has approved Geneva General Hospital as a Stroke Center of Excellence. Geneva General is the first hospital in the Finger Lakes region to have earned this designation. This award is based on the efforts of multi-disciplinary team who have developed systems and procedures to deliver the highest standard of care for stroke patients.
Our ability to provide the complete continuum of stroke care within specific timeframes is a key element of this recognition. Geneva General has been working with the emergency medical community to coordinate timely transport and educate the public on the importance of receiving treatment within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. Once a patient arrives at our ER, a set of diagnostic tests is performed and if a patient meets certain medical criteria, they may receive a special injection called Thrombolytic Therapy. This treatment is the hallmark of our Stroke Center designation because it breaks down the blood clots that cause certain types of strokes and has been proven to reduce the debilitating effects of strokes.
As the medication must be administered within three hours following the onset of stroke, the need to present at the Emergency Department in a timely way underscores the real value to our rural communities of having high quality stroke care provided right here at Geneva General Hospital.
Once stabilized, patients receive high quality care in the ICU and are monitored on our designated inpatient unit through the use of telemetry. An interdisciplinary team including physicians; nurses; physical, occupation and speech therapists; and care managers assess and manage each patient's care. Rehabilitation therapy at the Acute Rehabilitation Center and/or Transitional Care Program rounds out the program by providing treatment that promotes functional independence and improved quality of life.
As part of our role as a Stroke Center, Finger Lakes Health focuses efforts on community education to help people become more aware of the risks and symptoms of stroke in an effort to ensure patients are identified and receive treatment within the critical window of opportunity.