Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, about 795,000 people per year, making stroke the fifth-leading cause of death in this country and a leading cause of long-term disability.

Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital offers rapid diagnosis and treatment at our emergency department, an inpatient rehabilitation center, and educational and support groups.

Mercy Hospital is ready to treat you with the highest quality of care 24/7, 365 days a year.

Stroke Certification

Mercy Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center, certified by The Joint Commission. This signifies that Mercy Hospital has met stringent national stroke care standards. As a Certified Stroke Center, Mercy Hospital is held to the highest standards in the areas of quality and patient safety, which means the best care for your family.

Mercy Hospital is one of 14 Cleveland Clinic locations to have earned a stroke certification from The Joint Commission.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Award

In 2023, Mercy Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award. This achievement recognizes Mercy Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. Cleveland Clinic's health system boasts an additional 15 hospitals identified for exceptional care through the Get with the Guidelines® award.

Know the Warning Signs of Stroke

Recognizing the warning signs of stroke could save your life:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Seeking immediate medical care after the onset of any of these symptoms is vital to survival and the prevention of brain damage. Depending on the magnitude of the stroke and how quickly you receive treatment, the effects can range from minor weakness of a limb to paralysis on one side of the body or death.

If a person shows any stroke symptoms, even if symptoms go away, call 911 and get the person to the hospital immediately.

Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

There are risk factors, which are uncontrollable:

  • Increase in age
  • Gender (stroke is more common in females since they live longer than men)
  • Race (African Americans are at greater risk than Caucasians)
  • History of prior stroke
  • Hereditary

There are also lifestyle changes, which you can make to reduce your chance for a stroke:

  • Exercise every day
  • Eat healthy
  • Quit smoking
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Treat diabetes
  • Reduce sodium
  • Visit your doctor regularly


Mercy Hospital Stroke Center services include:

Connect with Other Stroke Survivors and their Caregivers

Mercy Hospital offers a number of support services for stroke patients:

  • Lucky Strokes Support Group of Stark County - Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Stephen the Martyr Lutheran Church, located at 4600 Fulton Drive, NW, Canton, 44718. If you or someone you love has been affected by a stroke, you are invited to attend and learn more about recovery, caregiving and adapting to change. The group is facilitated by a Mercy Hospital therapist.
    For more information, contact Julie Dominik at 330.966.8920.

  • Stroke Support Group of Tuscarawas County - Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Urgent + Outpatient Care, New Philadelphia. If you or someone you love has been affected by a stroke, you are invited to attend and learn more about recovery, caregiving and adapting to change. The group is facilitated by a Mercy Hospital therapist and counselor. Enter the center through the handicap-accessible urgent care entrance, where a group leader will greet you.


Stroke Center
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
1320 Mercy Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44708

Lucky Strokes Support Group and Peer Visitation
General information: 330.966.8920

Stroke Support Group of Tuscarawas County
General information: 330.365.5101
Email Group Coordinator