Heart & Stroke Care Excellence
Mercy is a leader in heart and stroke care, and the Emergency Center is integral to our delivering superior stroke and heart care.

In the event of a stroke, timeliness of care is critical. Rapid diagnosis and prompt treatment can help prevent permanent disability or even death. As one of the few designated Stroke Centers in Illinois, Mercy offers a sophisticated and comprehensive approach to caring for stroke patients, and it all starts in the Emergency Center. All Emergency Center staff is trained to recognize the signs of stroke and to implement Mercy’s advanced stroke treatment protocol. If a patient is identified as a stroke patient, a CT is performed within 30 minutes to determine the type of stroke and, subsequently, the best course of treatment. There is a neurologist on-call 24 hours a day to guide treatment of stroke patients.

To improve outcomes and best-practice protocol, Mercy participates in numerous clinical studies. If you seek stroke care at Mercy within six hours of the onset of symptoms, you may be a candidate for one of several new early-treatment-options.

A rapid response is also critical when it comes to matters of the heart. With more than half of Emergency Center admissions related to chest pain, our emergency medicine team has considerable expertise in recognizing the signs of a cardiac emergency. All Emergency Center staff is trained to implement Mercy’s advanced care protocols. The Mercy Cardiac Catheterization lab is available 24 hours a day to address emergency heart care needs, and cardiologists are on call around-the-clock to guide treatment.

We rank in the 90th percentile nationwide for response time to heart attack patients. At Mercy, it’s just 90 minutes from the door to a procedural intervention, such as an angioplasty or cardiac catheterization. The time to an EKG is just 10 minutes after arrival, while the national benchmark is 11 minutes.