Mercy Cardiac-Stroke Center
Mercy's Cardiac-Stroke Center cares for adult patients with a variety of acute and chronic illnesses. Stroke patients are cared for here, as well as patients with cardiovascular conditions, and patients transferred from Critical Care with varying illnesses and diagnoses.
The Center's interdisciplinary care team includes specially trained nurses, dietitians, rehabilitation services, counseling and pastoral care. A clinical nurse specialist oversees the cardiac population which includes chest pain, heart attack and heart failure patients. The role of the cardiac specialist is to ensure that all best practices in the care of the cardiac patient are easily followed. This involves continual data and process improvement monitoring. Mercy's specially trained staff oversees centralized cardiac monitoring of patients in the post-surgery and medical units as well.
A clinical nurse specialist oversees care for neuromedical patients, in particular stroke patients, also providing education and support for these patients and their families. This team approach focuses on comprehensive services, ensuring that individual patient needs are identified and addressed and recovery is progressive.
At Mercy, stroke rehabilitation starts on the day of admission. Mercy's program ensures that patients begin receiving rehabilitation early in the course of illness. By providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social services from the onset of admission, Mercy strives to improve patient outcomes.
Each service works with the multi-disciplinary care team, helping to diagnose and treat complications of a variety of diseases.
Mercy's Cardiac-Stroke Center provides 31 private rooms and warm, healing environment that enhances care and patient comfort. It is Mercy's first unit with exclusively private rooms. In addition, overnight accommodations are available here for family members, as well as a business desk for laptop computer use and Internet access.
Stroke & TIA Clinic
The Mercy Stroke Clinic is dedicated to the prevention of stroke and recurrent stroke. An appointment is scheduled one month after hospitalization where patients meet with a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator who have prepared for this visit with Robert Struthers, MD, PCI Neurology. Information covered at this visit will include:
- Why your stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) occurred.
- Explanation of tests while hospitalized.
- Review of medications to prevent stroke and completion of a stroke risk reduction plan.
- Review of your current rehabilitation and plan for the future.
- Schedule diagnostic tests if needed.
- Information about community support for stroke.
30% of patients who have a stroke go on to have a second stroke within 5 years. Controlling risk factors and stroke-specific education can help reduce this risk. The Mercy Stroke Clinic is dedicated to helping patients understand and control their risk factors. The clinic is held in the Cardiopulmonary Department on the ground floor.
The Stroke Quiz
gives you a chance to test your knowledge on areas such as the signs of a stroke, national statistics on strokes, and how to reduce your risk of having a stroke.