Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Receives Stroke Center Designation

Released: 9/7/2011

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has awarded Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital “Stroke Center” designation, making it the second facility in the Kaleida Health network to receive the accreditation.  

The Stroke Center initiative was set forth by the state to expedite and improve the quality of care for individuals suffering a stroke through strict guidelines and treatment protocols that often start with collaboration from emergency medical service providers but continues throughout the person’s entire hospital stay including their discharge planning.

Time is a critical determining factor in the treatment and recovery of stroke, therefore the push behind New York State’s call for hospitals to become designated. 

“The designation will enable us to initiate life saving stroke care right here at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital through collaboration with our partners at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital,” said Christopher T. Lane, President of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.  “This accomplishment further exemplifies our continued commitment to provide the community with vital services.”

Millard Fillmore Suburban underwent an extensive onsite survey by the State Hospital Review and Planning Council that thoroughly examined their processes and procedures for treating stroke victims.  This included review of clinician training in stroke care and medical records demonstrating proper implementation of the process by the stroke care team.

The Stroke Center is a significant asset for the areas surrounding Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital as it provides community members with immediate stroke care by staff directly linked to the only comprehensive stroke care center in Western New York at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital. This relationship allows enhanced consultation and diagnosis to be provided at Suburban with the region’s leading neurologists and neurosurgeons.

“Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital designation as a Stroke Center represents tangible efforts to provide better access to superior stroke care in Western New York,” said Robert N. Sawyer Jr., M.D, Chief of Stroke Services at Kaleida Health.   “The MFSH stroke team represents the combined efforts of physicians from multiple specialties, nurses, and allied health care professionals all effectively focused on each stroke patient.  The required training, drills, experience and administrative work required for NYSDOH designation as a Stroke Center is immense and well worth it for quality care for our patients."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

In 2010, Kaleida Health hospitals treated 2,067 people suffering from a stroke.  This neurovascular incident occurs when a clot obstructs the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel ruptures preventing blood flow to the brain.  These interruptions of blood supply cause brain tissue to die, therefore getting to a designated stroke center urgently becomes a matter of life and death.