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Good Sam Celebrates Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center

February 8th, 2018

West Islip, N.Y. (February 1, 2018) – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recently celebrated the opening of its Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center in a ceremony featuring senior leadership from Catholic Health Services (CHS), medical staff, donors and local elected officials. 

"More than once a day, someone comes to the Good Samaritan Emergency Room with a stroke," said CHS Chairman of Neuroscience Services and Good Samaritan Chief of Neurosurgery, Kevin Mullins, MD. "To be local, to have your family be able to come to the hospital in 10 or 15 minutes, as opposed to an hour or more, it makes a big difference. This is another one of the signature programs at Good Sam that will dramatically impact the community." 

The Center, which is the first of its kind on the south shore of Long Island, offers the most advanced imaging capabilities in the area by combining a 512 speed low-dose CT scanner and a biplane angiography system which provides instant visualization of complex cerebral anatomy. Following procedures, patients will recover in a dedicated five-bed neurosurgical intensive care unit (ICU). The department also contains four stepdown beds so the same skilled care team will remain with each patient during their entire stay at Good Sam. 

Kimon Bekelis, MD, Director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center and Co-Director of the Neuro ICU, is one of the most prominent researchers in stroke care and treatment in the nation. Following a neurosurgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. Bekelis completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. To create the team at Good Samaritan, Dr. Bekelis recruited colleagues from both of his former institutions.  

"The heart of any successful program is the people," said Dr. Bekelis. "We are making life or death decisions in a split second and you want to have a team that you've worked with for a very long time that you can trust in difficult situations. We brought together an entire team of highly skilled medical professionals who trained at world class medical facilities and now we're using that experience at the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center. 

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The Medical Center has more than 3,438 employees and 900 physicians on staff and had nearly 26,000 patient admissions and nearly 90,000 emergency department visits in 2015. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

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