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JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER TO OPEN COMPREHENSIVE STROKE CENTER
Will Be Only Hospital in Northern Palm Beach County and all of Martin County
Certified to Treat Complex Stroke Cases
JUPITER, FLA. (December20, 2018) —Stroke patients in northern Palm Beach County and Martin County can now
receive lifesaving interventions much closer to home. Thanks to a $5 million
gift from an anonymous donor, Jupiter Medical Center has assembled the
most advanced facilities, technology and specially trained physicians
to improve patient outcomes in the most complex stroke cases.
The medical center is now in the final stages of completing requirements
to be named a Comprehensive Stroke Center. It will be the only hospital
in northern Palm Beach County and in Martin County to achieve this designation.
Awarded by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), the
Comprehensive Stroke Center designation will ensure that Jupiter Medical
Center has developed system-wide initiatives on stroke prevention, rehabilitation,
education, community awareness and research.
“We have reached the culmination of a year of intense effort to recruit
the expertise and develop the technological infrastructure necessary to
diagnose and treat the most complex stroke patients within minutes of
their admission,” said Don McKenna, president and chief executive
officer. “We are ready to bring the highest level of lifesaving
care for stroke and other neurological problems closer to residents of
northern Palm Beach County and Martin County.”
While Jupiter Medical Center has been a Primary Stroke Center since 2008,
there is a great need for a Comprehensive Stroke Center in the region.
A change in Palm Beach County Fire Rescue protocols requires that stroke
patients be taken to comprehensive stroke centers. As a result, stroke
patients in northern Palm Beach and Martin counties have had to travel
by ambulance to West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce at a time when seconds
New technology, facility upgrades and the recruitment of neurosurgeons,
as well as the appointment Dr. Jeffrey Miller, who is board-certified
in neuroendovascular surgery, are essential to gaining the designation.
Dr. Miller is one of the first 25 neuroendovascular surgeons in the nation
certified by the Society of Neurological Surgeons Committee on Advanced
Subspecialty Training. He serves as medical director of Neuroendovascular
Surgery, and co-director of the hospital’s Stroke Program. Dr. Jennifer
Buczyner, a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training and
a special interest in neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders, is
Stroke Program director.
The American Stroke Association estimates that approximately 795,000 people
suffer a new or recurrent stroke every year. It is the leading cause of
disability in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death in
the U.S., killing nearly 130,000 people annually. More than 85 percent
of strokes are classified as ischemic, which occurs when a blood vessel
within the brain is blocked by a clot, depriving it of the blood and oxygen
it needs to survive. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities that
are controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory and muscle control,
are lost. Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a rupture in a blood vessel
within the brain.
“Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke,” Dr.
Buczyner said. “The typical patient could lose up to 2 million brain
cells every minute that a stroke is left untreated—time is brain.”
Clot-dissolving medications, if given within three hours of initial symptoms
and in some populations up to 4½ hours can reduce long-term disability.
Physical removal of a large blood clot, called an endovascular procedure
or a mechanical thrombectomy, involves threading a catheter through an
artery in the groin and up to the blocked artery in the brain. A stent
is deployed to grab the clot, allowing doctors to remove the stent and
the trapped clot.
The acquisition of the neurointerventional biplane angiography technology,
which allows for a 3D look at the deepest areas of the brain, is essential
as Jupiter Medical Center seeks comprehensive stroke certification. The
biplane includes functional imaging technology which exceeds the capability
of scans such as MRIs and CTs at diagnosing disease. In addition to precise
diagnosis, the technology enables minimally invasive endovascular procedures,
such as angioplasty, coiling, clipping and stenting, which can quickly
remove blood clots or repair ruptured blood vessels in the brain.
“Because the biplane is a functional imaging machine, going beyond
diagnosis to allow for intervention, it represents a new horizon in neuroscience,”
said Dr. Miller. “With this technology, we can remove clots from
the brain within ten to fifteen minutes.”
The medical center has built a new procedure room to accommodate the biplane
technology and expanded its intensive care unit to accommodate neurosurgical
patients and those with related conditions. With the new technology and
medical expertise, Jupiter Medical Center is now staffed and equipped
to provide an array of therapies and minimally invasive interventions
to treat strokes, brain tumors, aneurysms, traumatic brain injury and
other complex neurological conditions.
In addition to its designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Jupiter
Medical Center is also the recipient of the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment
to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according
to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines rooted in the latest
scientific evidence. To learn more about Jupiter Medical Center, visit
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private
acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation
and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore
the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class
partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical
Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations
in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health,
emergency and pediatric services, lung & thoracic, women’s health,
weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical
Center has approximately 1,650 team members, 637 physicians and 640 volunteers.
Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10 percent of hospitals
for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter
Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit
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