Capital Health Designated as a State Comprehensive Stroke Center

Becomes a regional center for complex stroke care

Trenton, N.J. (March 14, 2009) – The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has named Capital Health Regional Medical Center as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation that gives the hospital a leadership role in providing the most advanced treatment of stroke patients while achieving the best possible outcomes.

“We are very pleased that we can provide residents in our region with the advanced stroke treatment they need and deserve. No longer will they have to lose precious time by traveling to a major city for this type of care,” said Al Maghazehe, CEO & president of Capital Health. Maghazehe added that there is only one other state designated comprehensive stroke center between Trenton and Cape May.

As a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, Capital Health offers the highest level of stroke treatment, including extensive around-the-clock neurology, neuroradiology and neurosurgery services, state-of-the-art equipment, and a specially trained staff.

The designation gives Capital Health regional stroke center status, so more complex stroke emergencies are transferred from other hospitals.

Last fall, Capital Health opened the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey, led by two nationally recognized dual-trained neurosurgeons, Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu and Dr. Kenneth Liebman. Dr. Veznedaroglu was formerly director of the Division of Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Jefferson University Hospitals.

There are fewer than 60 dual-trained neurosurgeons in the country. These specialized neurosurgeons are skilled in both minimally invasive and traditional surgery and therefore can select the best treatment option for the patient without having to wait for other specialists to be called in.

Capital Health is also designated as a stroke center by The Joint Commission, a national accrediting agency and is ranked in the top 10% nationally for treatment of stroke according to HealthGrades, the healthcare ratings company. It has also received the Silver “Get with the Guidelines” Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association.

The acute stroke teams on both its Mercer hospital and Capital Health Regional Medical Center are available around the clock to see a patient in the Emergency Department within 15 minutes of arrival in the emergency room or within 15 minutes following a potentially diagnosed stroke. Time is a key element when it comes to stroke care. Treatment can limit or even eliminate disabilities associated with a stroke if, among other criteria, a person receives prompt treatment shortly after the onset of symptoms

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