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Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center

On the Cutting Edge of Health Care

Stroke by the Numbers

40 secondsThe amount of time between a stroke occurance in the United States
130,000  The number of Americans killed by strokes annually
1.9 Million The number of neurons a stroke patient loses each minute if treatment is delayed
#5   
Fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of long-term disability
$34 Billion
Direct and indirect costs of strokes in the US
+5 yearsPatients who receive stroke surgery increase their life expectancy over those who do not receive neuro-intervention treatment


Recent studies have demonstrated the impact of minimally invasive stroke surgery on relieving stroke symptoms and improving the chance of survival after a stroke occurs. Research has additionally shown that patients who receive stroke surgery increase their life expectancy by five years more than patients who do not receive this specialized treatment.
Good Samaritan’s Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center will treat the most complex stroke cases by combining the most advanced imaging capabilities in the area, including a 512 speed low-dose CT scanner, a biplane angiography system and the experience and skill of the Center’s specialized neuro-interventionalists, neuro-intensivists and intensive care trained nurses and support staff.

Neuro-intervention – a more effective, minimally invasive procedure to treat stroke patients.
Neuro-interventional surgery is accomplished through a small hole in the skin.  Through this miniature portal, tiny catheters, needles or tubes are placed and guided to their intended targets in the brain, head/neck, or spine. Through the use of sophisticated imaging technologies, these devices are precisely guided into highly sensitive neural structures.  Once there, devices that are amongst the most innovative and advanced available to medicine are used to accomplish minimally invasive surgical solutions.  Through this advance technique, conditions such as strokes, brain aneurysms and tumors that are present in the delicate areas of the brain, neck or spine can be treated minimally invasive.

Biplane Angiography
Biplane angiography is an imaging modality for visualization of complex cerebral and peripheral vasculature. With faster image acquisition, biplane technology represents an improvement over single-plane angiography systems and enables the performance of complex neuro-interventional procedures. For many patients, this means a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, reduced pain and smaller risk of complications.

Neuro-intensive Care Unit
Following procedures, patients will be transported to a dedicated five-bed Neuro-intensive Care Unit for close monitoring by a multidisciplinary team of subspecialty-trained board certified physicians, nurses and other professionals. The unit will also contain four stepdown beds, allowing for the same advanced team to care for you throughout your stay.
The Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center’s neurosurgeons, neuro-intensivists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses with extensive training in neurological critical care, and the use of advanced monitoring technology, will provide comprehensive and continuous bedside care to patients during their recovery. Thorough diagnostic evaluation, careful monitoring, and innovative treatment techniques will help our team ensure the best possible outcome for each individual patient.


Kimon Bekelis, MD,
Director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center at Good Samaritan
Chairman of Neuro-interventional Services at Catholic Health Services
Director Population Health Research Institute of New York at Catholic Health Services

Kimon Bekelis, MD, is one of the most prominent researchers in stroke care and treatment in the nation. After receiving his medical degree from Dartmouth University, Dr. Bekelis studied as a postdoctoral research fellow in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Memorial in Baltimore. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he served as the chief resident, and his fellowship in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, one of the largest stroke centers in the country, Dr. Bekelis has authored more than 110 peer reviewed journal publications. He is an award winning neurosurgeon and researcher who has performed more than 1,000 neuro-intervention procedures and has also developed two software applications on risk prediction.