Health department recertifies MVHS’ Wynn Hospital as stroke center

Wynn Hospital in Utica has been recertified as a comprehensive stroke center by the New York State Department of Health and by DNV.  

The designation means that the hospital is well qualified to treat the most serious cases of stroke.  

“With stroke care, you must have the best clinicians and resources, but also the ability to act organizationally with extreme efficiency because of the time-critical nature of these events,” said Varun V. Reddy, the health system’s director of stroke and neuroendovascular surgery. “This certification from DNV Healthcare and NYS DOH validates all the effort we have put into this program to ensure the health and safety of our patients.” 

Wynn Hospital is the only designated comprehensive stroke center between Albany and Syracuse, offering the full range of services to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and educate stroke patients.

MVHS is the seventh comprehensive stroke center in Upstate New York and the only one between Syracuse and Albany.  

Nationally there were 297 comprehensive stroke centers in 2022, according to survey results published in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Only 12 of them are thrombectomy-capable, meaning they can surgically remove blood clots in arteries, according to the article. 

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