Mercyhealth hospital certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Mercyhealth's Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic - Riverside has received certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Mercyhealth President/CEO Javon Bea says the certification is the top designation in the nation. It will allow the hospital to offer the highest level of care to patients who have experienced a serious stroke.

Bea says the hospital can now prevent the side effects that normally follow after a patient suffers a stroke.

"It's just amazing people don't have to suffer the disabilities from strokes anymore," says Bea. "Thats a major advancement for the Rockford area. People are walking home literally a day or two after they had a stroke."

The certification comes in tandem with Mercyhealth's system-wide integrated stroke program.

You can watch a stream of Mercyhealth's annnouncement below: