Year into operation, mobile stroke unit to visit News10NBC Health and Wellness Expo

Created: September 18, 2019 07:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's been about a year since the mobile stroke unit hit the streets, and you'll be able to see it up close at News10NBC's Health and Wellness Expo in less than a month.

UR medicine unveiled the $1 million vehicle in 2018, and it's described as an emergency room on wheels.


The mobile unit is staged throughout the community to respond to stroke calls. 

Before it was operational, the average time to administer medication was within an hour, but with it available that number is down to nine minutes. 

American Heart Association Executive Director Marc Natale is excited to have it on display. 

"It's a really great opportunity to talk about [not only] the signs and symptoms of strokes, but really to talk about the technology we have," he said. "It's really unique to the City of Rochester, it's only the 13th vehicle in the country and we are really excited [for] that technology to be in people's driveway when a brain emergency happens."

One of the unique features of the unit: the team can speak with a neurologist in the hospital even as they travel on the road. 

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