Stroke unit opens at Cornwall Community Hospital

In this provided photo, officials with Cornwall Community Hospital, the Champlain Regional Stroke Network and other dignitaries cut a ribbon on the new 10-bed Acute Stroke Unit on Monday, June 20, 2022. (CCH via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – A designated unit to treat people for strokes has opened at the Cornwall Community Hospital.

A ribbon cutting for the 10-bed Acute Stroke Unit was held by officials last week.

The unit has specialized staff of doctors, nurses and therapists.

CCH is a designated stroke center and the hub for patients in SD&G and Prescott-Russell who require stroke care. It provides acute stroke care, stroke prevention, clot-busting drugs and a telestroke center for consultations with neurologists.

The hospital says every year 25,500 people experience a stroke in Ontario, 15,500 are admitted to hospital and more than 5,500 will die within a year of experiencing a stroke.