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Gates Vascular Institute named a comprehensive stroke center

Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute has received certification as a comprehensive stroke center, the highest designation from the accrediting organization Det Norske Veritas Healthcare Inc., or DNV, according to Kaleida Health.

One other hospital in Buffalo Niagara, Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, has won certification as a comprehensive stroke center from a different accrediting organization, the Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission accredits far more hospitals than DNV and has granted the comprehensive stroke center designation to 104 hospitals nationwide, including five in New York State. DNV has certified 31 hospitals as comprehensive stroke centers.

The designations from the Joint Commission and DNV recognize hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment, staff and training that can perform complex procedures on stroke patients 24 hours a day.

Kaleida Health’s stroke center at Gates Vascular Institute, part of Buffalo General Medical Center, has won the designation three years in a row. Kaleida Health said the institute treats double the strokes of any hospital in the state.

The accrediting team from DNV found no errors during its two-day survey visit to Gates Vascular Institute, according to the hospital system, one of only two hospitals in the country where that was the case.