|OUR STROKE CENTERS|
Continuum Health Partners’ stroke specialists at the following locations conduct the gamut of stroke tests rapidly and efficiently. They are essential links in your Stroke Chain of Survival:
At Beth Israel Medical Center’s Petrie Division, emergency department physicians rapidly assess and treat patients exhibiting acute stroke symptoms. Neurologists at the Betty and Morton Yarmon Stroke Center are available 24-hours a day to provide comprehensive consultation, supervise diagnostic evaluations and make treatment decisions.
A neurologically trained staff physician supervises the division’s four-bed stroke unit, where specially trained nurses provide expert stroke care.
In addition to its stroke service, the Petrie Division’s excellent cardiology and vascular surgery services provide comprehensive care for patients with vascular disease.
At the Betty and Morton Yarmon Stroke Center stroke neurologists and other stroke specialists work together to provide stroke-treatment educational opportunities for physicians and non-physician practitioners. They also provide community-based stroke screenings and educational programs.
At the St. Luke’s Hospital stroke center, neurologists with special training in stroke diagnosis and treatment provide expert care for stroke patents. The center’s dedicated four-bed stroke intensive care unit permits close observation and extra attention from nurses trained in stroke care.
When patients with a possible stroke arrive at the hospital’s state-of-the-art emergency department, they are given top priority and are seen immediately by an emergency physician.
When the doctor believes a patient has had a stroke or TIA, the stroke team is contacted and preparations begin for critical testing in the emergency room. If the stroke has occurred within the last three hours, a stroke neurologist immediately comes to the emergency room in case tPA treatments should begin.
All stroke patients remain in the center’s intensive care unit for at least one day. However, healing and rehabilitation start right away. All stroke patients begin work with speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists within 24 hours of their arrival.
“Many patients recover sufficiently to return home a few days after their stroke,” says stroke neurologist Daniel Labovitz, MD, MS. “They continue their rehab on an outpatient basis at one of our rehab centers.
“However, some individuals require intensive in-patient therapy before they are ready to return home. The stroke team works closely with the rehabilitation team to make sure the transition goes smoothly.
“The hospital also has a stroke outpatient center where we help patients over the long term understand and manage their personal stroke risk factors.
“In addition to offering high quality stroke treatment services, the stroke center conducts many outreach programs. We want to raise community members’ awareness of the signs of stroke, and make them realize they should come to us immediately when any of these signs appear in themselves or a family member.
“We want to help the people in our community to take an active role in managing their health and preventing stroke before--not after--one occurs.”
Senior stroke specialists are available around the clock in Roosevelt Hospital’s emergency department to evaluate and treat stroke patients who are eligible for clot-busting therapy.
Patients benefit from state-of-the-art diagnostic systems that enable these stroke neurologists to efficiently evaluate a patient’s condition in time to apply clot-busting medication or to take other appropriate action.
All stroke patients remain under observation at the hospital for at least one day. Some receive continuous blood pressure and cardiac monitoring. Those who are able, begin work with a speech therapist, occupational therapist and physical therapist within 24 hours of their arrival.
The hospital’s participation in advanced clinical trials enables eligible patients to benefit from new stroke fighting drugs and therapies.
Roosevelt Hospital is building a dedicated neurosciences floor, including a stroke intensive care unit. It is expected to be complete within the year. The unit will provide facilities that reinforce specially trained neurology nurses’ ability to monitor and evaluate stroke patients, and to deliver the high level of care many stroke patients require.