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UR Medicine Honored for Stroke Care

Friday, July 24, 2015

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UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) highest award for stroke care, including a new designation that recognizes excellence in rapid care that can save lives and improve the quality of life of stroke victims.

In stroke care, time equals brain, said Curtis Benesch, M.D., medical director of the UR Medicine’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. This award recognizes the discipline and training that is required to provide appropriate and timely care to stroke patients and our team strives each and every day to provide the most comprehensive, cutting-edge care for patients from across upstate New York.

This award reflects the commitment of our team to providing the highest level of care possible for our patients who’ve suffered a stroke, said Babak Jahromi, M.D., surgical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. The outstanding group of nurses, therapists, and physicians that we have assembled are dedicated to this common goal.

Strong has been named a Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospitals commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients received the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

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Rochester’s Only Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group Helps Survivors Adjust to the 'New Normal'

Monday, May 11, 2015

A new brain aneurysm and AVM Support Group created by UR Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery will help patients and their families cope with the challenges of recovery and adjust to changes in their lives.

The group will include individuals dealing with a cerebral aneurysm or AVM (arteriovenous malformation). An aneurysm is a weak spot on a vessel wall and an AVM is an abnormal tangle of vessels in the brain. These conditions can present without any symptoms (in many instances they are discovered during a workup for headaches not related to either disease) and can result in brain hemorrhages requiring surgeries and long ICU and rehabilitation stays.

Recent advances in critical care and new imaging and surgical techniques have increased the survival rates of people with these conditions. However, this also means that more people must now contend with the lingering neurological effects that can follow, such as memory, cognitive, behavioral, speech, and mobility difficulties.

The new support group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Department of Neurosurgery’s clinic at 2180 South Clinton Avenue in Rochester. The group is being supported by neurosurgeons Amrendra Miranpuri, M.D., Babak S. Jahromi, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert Replogle, M.D., and Sharon Mansfield, N.P., Cynthia Zink, P.A., and Kim Page, N.P.

During the monthly meetings, patients and their families will be able to ask questions, learn about the latest developments in care, and share their experiences. The meetings will also include guest speakers and address topics such as the stages of recovery and how to overcome common obstacles. For more information please call (585) 275-7419 or (585) 273-1900, or e-mail or visit the UR Medicine Brain Aneurysm, Stroke & AVM Support Group site.