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Auburn Memorial designated NYS stroke center

Partnership with University of Rochester Medical Center neurosciences program enhances care

— Auburn Memorial Hospital President/CEO, Scott A. Berlucchi today announced that the New York State Department of Health has designated Auburn Memorial Hospital as a Stroke Center. This designation recognizes its excellent emergency services and in-patient capabilities in stroke evaluation, diagnosis, continuing treatment, and rehabilitation.

The designation also recognizes Auburn Memorial Hospital’s efforts in staff development and community awareness.

“The New York State Department of Health has established a set of evidence-based clinical standards in stroke care and offers the Stroke Center designation only when all of these standards are put into action,” Berlucchi said. “The true beneficiaries of this designation are the many patients we serve and their families who will seek treatment here knowing they will receive the highest standard of care.”

Collaborating for Excellence

For nearly two years, Auburn Memorial Hospital has worked with the University of Rochester Medical Center to develop a Stroke Center. URMC provides 24-hour neurology and neurosurgery stroke care for patients in the Auburn region. The partnership enables physicians in Auburn to consult with neurologists and neurosurgeons at URMC’s Strong Stroke Center in order to identify patients who may need a higher level of care that is not available at Auburn Memorial Hospital. This can be accomplished via a web based system.

“While stroke is the nation’s leading cause of disability, we know that timely emergency care can determine an individual’s chances of recovery,” said Curtis Benesch, M.D., director of the Strong Stroke Center. “This partnership improves access to stroke specialists for physicians and patients in Auburn which is a critical step toward improving outcome for stroke patients.”

“Collaborating with URMC brings modern medical research and technology to our community and illustrates our commitment to providing the highest level of quality care to our community hospital,” Berlucchi said. “Advances in technology allowed us to bridge the geographic gap between URMC and Auburn, and in doing so allows our Emergency Department doctors access to one of the nation’s best neurosciences programs in the country.”

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