MVHS distinguished as comprehensive stroke center

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) announced today that its St. Luke’s campus was certified by DNV, a global independent certification, assurance and risk management provider, as a comprehensive stroke center. MVHS is one of only seven hospitals with comprehensive stroke centers in upstate New York, and the only one between Syracuse and Albany. The certification recognizes the hospital’s high level of competence when addressing the full spectrum of stroke care.

Dr. Varun V Reddy, the director of stroke and neuro-endovascular surgery said, “We are very proud about this designation, and we do want to help keep our patients here locally in our community and offer the best care to everybody here locally.”

The St. Luke’s hospital staff present at the event each emphasized the importance of having access to quality stroke care in the community.

“It’s 1.8 million brain cells per minute which can be lost if we were to get those patients out to Syracuse,” explained Dr. Scott Brehaut, the Director of Neurocritical care. “That would be many more brain cells lost and patients would not do as well, so time’s brain. What we do for the patient in the first hour of that stroke really matters, and so we continue to really focus on that,” Dr. Brehaut said.

MVHA hopes to further advance their neurocritical care beyond strokes, and they are excited to better their stroke care once they are in the new hospital building that is coming to downtown Utica.

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