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  • November 8, 2014

    New Neurovascular Ultrasound Laboratory a Success

    Christy Clary and Dr. Holmquist

    Through determination and teamwork with Neurosurgery and Imaging Sciences, the Department of Neurology’s vision of having a dedicated Neurovascular Laboratory has been realized. The laboratory performs carotid ultrasounds on patient's with suspected cerebrovascular disease. Since opening this past July, we have already performed over fifty studies. The neurovascular laboratory will play an integral role in our department's mission of providing comprehensive neurovascular care to our region and ultrasound education to our residents, students and fellows. Our upcoming plans involve performing transcranial dopplers. I would like to take this time to especially thank Christy Clary, Christy Miller, and Dr. Benesch for their time and effort to help make this happen.

    The neurovascular laboratory is located at 2180 South Clinton Avenue, the site of the Comprehensive Stroke Center clinic. Studies can be ordered through eRecord and by contacting Melissa Mack or Christina Holloway at 275-2530.

    - Todd Holmquist, M.D.

  • April 22, 2014

    Heart/Stroke Association Honors UR Medicine for Highest Quality Care

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) has once again recognized UR Medicine and its Strong Memorial Hospital for achieving its highest standards of care for stroke, heart failure, and resuscitation.

    Strong Memorial Hospital has received the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines program's highest honor, the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for a fifth consecutive year. The hospital was also tapped for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, which recognizes hospitals that have consistently and successfully reduced door-to-needle time – the window of time between a stroke victim's arrival at the hospital, the diagnosis of an acute ischemic stroke, and the administration of the clot-busting drug tPA.

    We are proud to earn this recognition, however we continue to work to improve time-to-treatment for people who are suffering a stroke. Early treatment is proven to preserve brain function and enhance recovery for each patient, said neurologist Curtis Benesch, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the UR Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center.

  • March 28, 2014

    UR Medicine Helps Forge National Stroke Care Guidelines

    A new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people recovering from a severe stroke receive tailored and coordinated care that optimizes quality of life and minimizes suffering. The statement – which was published today in the journal Stroke – represents the first attempt to establish a fundamental set of recommendations that can help guide physicians, patients, and their families through the difficult decisions that arise from this condition.

    The majority of stroke patients require access to some form of palliative care, said Robert Holloway, M.D., M.P.H., the chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Accomplishing this requires that a hospital’s system of stroke care and its team of providers place the patient and their family at the center of the decision-making process and build a plan of care that is based on their values and informed by effective and constant communication.

  • March 27, 2014

    Stroke Survivors Deserve Team Care

    Palliative care that minimizes suffering and improves quality of life should be provided to patients who've survived a stroke, experts say. The care should be a team effort involving patients, families, stroke specialists and health care providers such as neurosurgeons, neurologists, primary care doctors, nurses and therapists, according to the new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA).

    The majority of stroke patients need access to some form of palliative medicine," statement lead author Dr. Robert Holloway, chairman of the neurology department at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., said in an AHA/ASA news release.

    The stroke team and its members can manage many of the palliative care problems themselves. It encourages patient independence and informed choices, he explained.

  • February 4, 2014

    UR Medicine Recognized for Stroke Care, Launches Neurocritical Care Program

    Strong Memorial Hospital has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This designation, which has only been conferred on two other hospitals in New York State, places Strong among an elite group of institutions that provide highly-specialized complex stroke care.

    We are proud that the Joint Commission has recognized our dedicated team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, emergency department physicians, nurses, therapists, and staff, said neurologist Curtis Benesch, M.D., M.P.H., the medical director of the URMC Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center. This certification is a testament to their commitment to provide the highest and most comprehensive level of stroke care to our community.