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UH Parma’s Primary Stroke Center becomes part of the University Hospitals Neurological Institute

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PARMA – Patients in the southwest and central suburbs of Cuyahoga County now have access not only to the Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, but the extensive services of the University Hospitals Neurological Institute – ranked among the best neurology/neurosurgery programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The UH Neurological Institute’s multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons and neurological specialists provides a full spectrum of services to promote, protect and restore brain health for a wide variety of diagnoses, including brain tumors, epilepsy, stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders, spine and pain disorders, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more. As Northeast Ohio’s first Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, the UH Neurological Institute gives Parma-area patients access to nationally renowned and experienced stroke specialists.

“Having the resources of the UH Neurological Institute at Parma is a real plus for our patients,” says John Andrefsky, MD, Medical Director of Neurology at UH Parma Medical Center. “This association allows the expertise of the UH Neurological Institute to be brought locally to Parma.”

Access to the region’s leading stroke specialists is critical for area residents when every second counts. Strokes are the main cause of serious, long-term disability in the nation. Over the summer, Dr. Andrefsky held 19 meetings with emergency medical responders throughout the region to inform them of UH Parma Medical Center’s enhanced stroke protocols. The team approach begins in the community, when EMS responds to 9-1-1 calls and alerts the hospital of an incoming stroke patient, expediting lab and radiology testing. This heightened response, and UH Parma Medical Center’s ability to administer clot-busting tPA in the Emergency Department, has resulted in more stroke patients receiving treatment locally.

Earlier this year, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognized UH Parma Medical Center with its Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award salutes UH Parma Medical Center for its rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke, public education about risk factors, and frequent community stroke screenings and forums.

“Our patients will benefit from the advanced neurological expertise afforded by the arrival of the UH Neurological Institute at UH Parma Medical,” said Nancy Tinsley, RN, MBA, FACHE, President of UH Parma Medical Center and former Vice President of the UH Neurological Institute. “In addition to care for acute stroke, the UH Neurological Institute has expertise with seizure disorders, headache care, sleep disorders and many other complex neurological diagnoses. We are pleased that our patients are seeing tangible ways that the integration with UH has improved their lives.”

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