Middletown, NY – In recognition of its expertise in treating stroke patients, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Arden Hill Campus has been named a designated stroke center by the New York State Department of Health. A state protocol dictates emergency responders transport certain stroke patients to designated stroke centers even if other hospitals are closer. Orange Regional’s Horton Campus became a designated stroke center in May 2006.
As a designated stroke center, Orange Regional has an expert Stroke Team made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques, to minimize brain damage. Having quick access to these types of services within the first three hours of showing symptoms of a stroke is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage. Orange Regional’s Stroke Center Medical Director, Carmen Martinez, said, “We are thrilled to have both the Horton Campus and the Arden Hill Campus noted as designated stroke centers. This designation shows our commitment to rapid and effective treatment of stroke symptoms and is a great asset to our community.”
“Many people don’t realize that stroke is the third leading cause of death in this country, and a leading cause of disability,” said Chair of Emergency Medicine, Joanne Magro, MD. “We must be able to rapidly assess our patients and get them the treatment they need. Now, our community members will not have to travel great distances to receive state-of-the-art stroke care – these advanced services are available now right in their own backyard.”
James E. Oxley, DO, FACEP, Orange Regional Vice President of Medical Affairs and former Director of Emergency Services, said, “The majority of patients don’t report to the emergency room until more than three hours after the onset of stroke symptoms. This long delay limits the kinds of treatment that can be given, which may increase damage to the brain and decrease recovery.”
For information about Orange Regional’s designated stroke centers, call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).
A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a brain attack occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. Doctors call this area of dead cells an infarct. These cells usually die within minutes to a few hours after the stroke starts.
Area residents are reminded to call 911 immediately if they begin to experience symptoms of a stroke – sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and/or sudden, severe headache with no known cause.