Mackenzie Health is home to the York Region District Stroke Centre. We are dedicated to those who are at risk for having a stroke or who require care and rehabilitation after suffering a stroke.
More information can be found at the Heart & Stroke Foundation
As a District Centre, we are the only hospital in York Region who provides the clot busting drug tPA. Patients from Richmond Hill as well as Southlake Regional Health Centre and Markham Stouffville Hospital are brought immediately to Mackenzie Health by EMS if they have signs and symptoms of stroke for less than 3.5 hours. Patients who are eligible and receive tPA, will be admitted to Mackenzie Health. Patients brought directly here from other communities will be monitored for 24 hours and then be repatriated to their home hospital. Patients who are not eligible will be repatriated to their home hospital quickly to receive their care.
The District Stroke Centre also provides best practice acute care, stroke rehabilitation and stroke prevention services to patients in our catchment area. A patient’s length of stay after a stroke will vary depending on the patient needs, but is generally 2 to 12 weeks.
The goal of our interprofessional team is to assist our patients to reach their optimum level of function and facilitate re-entry into the community safely. Our Stroke Prevention Clinic sees patients quickly who have had warning strokes and present to Emergency and also those patients who are discharged from our Integrated Stroke Unit. An emphasis is placed on ongoing risk reduction and management strategies to prevent future strokes.
For further information please call the Coordinator of the District Stroke Centre at (905) 883-1212 ext. 3882 or the Patient Care Coordinator at (905) 883-1212 ext. 3899, or fax (905) 883-2026.