Sisters Hospital has been named a designated stroke center by the state Health Department, the Catholic Health System announced Monday.
The designation is part of a statewide rollout of stroke centers, intended to accelerate the treatment of strokes in the way that designated hospitals handle trauma and burns.
In June, Sisters Hospital also plans to open two operating rooms, including a suite equipped with angiography technology to provide minimally invasive procedures for patients with stroke or otherneuro-vascular conditions.
"These new rooms will support the growth we have seen in our neurosurgery, vascular surgery and bariatric surgery programs, while providing our surgeons and operating room team with the most technologically advanced facilities to perform some of our most critical and complex surgical cases," said Peter U. Bergmann, the hospital's president.
A stroke involves an interruption of blood supply to the brain from a clot or leakage of a blood vessel. Current treatments include clot-busting drugs and procedures to open clogged arteries.
To be named a designated stroke center, hospitals must meet such criteria as having patients with stroke symptoms seen by a physician within 15 minutes of arrival in the emergency room and receiving clot-busting drugs within 60 minutes of arrival.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Town of Tonawanda, part of the Catholic Health System, and Kaleida Health's Millard Fillmore Hospital also have stroke center designations.
Millard Fillmore also has a "hub-and-spoke" relationship for stroke treatment with 11 other hospitals in the region, including Niagara Falls Memorial Medical, Newfane Inter-Community Memorial, Olean General and Cuba Memorial.