Glens Falls Hospital designated as New York Stroke Center

Delivering elite stroke care to the Glens Falls and Adirondack Region

Glens Falls Hospital is proud to announce a new designation as a New York State Stroke Center by the NYS Department of Health. As a Stroke Center, Glens Falls Hospital will improve the standard of quality and access to care for patients with a presumptive diagnosis of stroke.

The Stroke Center at Glens Falls Hospital, led by physicians and nurses with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, has established protocols to ensure a rapid response to patients who could potentially be suffering from a stroke or stroke symptoms.

“We have been working on becoming a Stroke Center of Excellence for years,” said Richard Jackson, MD, Glens Falls Neurology. “We are pleased the state has recognized all of our hard work and desire to improve stroke treatment in our community.”

Glens Falls Hospital offers immediate, enhanced brain imaging and evaluation for patients who present to the Emergency Department and could be suffering from a stroke or stroke symptoms. Using the latest treatments, the stroke team can assess the patient and ensure that they receive the appropriate, individualized care.

The Stroke Center also offers a variety of interdisciplinary services to support the patient and their family during the acute stroke phase. These include diagnostic tests (CT, MRI, Echo, Carotid Studies, EEG), outpatient rehabilitation services, smoking cessation programs, stroke support groups, and a community outreach program that offers education to the community, stroke prevention, and symptom identification. Glens Falls Hospital’s physician practice, Glens Falls Neurology, is conveniently located on the main hospital campus, which allows for access to follow-up stroke care.

The Stroke Center at Glens Falls Hospital is also now included within all local EMS protocols, which state that patients suffering from potential stroke or neurological symptoms must be brought to the nearest designated stroke center.

“Every minute that passes during a stroke, 1.9 million brain cells die. The quality and urgency of one’s stroke care shouldn’t depend on where you live,” said Cassandra Moore, RN, Coordinator the Stroke Center at Glens Falls Hospital. “We are saving millions of brain cells a minute with our protocols and team approach to care at Glens Falls Hospital.”