Supervisor, Stroke Specialist Discuss Renewed Awareness


March 5th, 2019 – The untimely death of actor Luke Perry at age 52 Monday has increased stroke awareness and has cast a spotlight on symptoms and the importance of receiving immediate medical attention.

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter is reminding residents of four key stroke warning signs known as FAST: Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time to Call 911. Getting medical attention right away is critical. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. Stroke treatments and survival rates have improved greatly over the last decade thanks to recent advances in technology.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have the Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island at Good Samaritan Hospital right here in West Islip, in the Town of Islip. The facility is the first and only Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the South Shore of Long Island,” said Supervisor Carpenter.”

Recent studies have demonstrated the impact of minimally invasive stroke surgery on relieving stroke symptoms and improving the chance of survival after a stroke occurs. Research has additionally shown that patients who receive stroke surgery increase their life expectancy by five years more than patients who do not receive this specialized treatment.

The Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island treats the complex stroke cases by combining the most advanced imaging capabilities in the area, including a 512 speed low-dose CT scanner, a biplane angiography system and the experience and skill of the Center’s specialized neuro-interventionalists, neuro-intensivists and intensive care trained nurses and support staff.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. With this certification, Good Samaritan joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care.

Supervisor Carpenter recently interviewed Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island at Good Samaritan Hospital on the “Supervisor Spotlight” Radio Show on LI News Radio. That interview can be seen on Cablevision’s Channel 18 and on Verizon Channel 1982 beginning Sunday, March 10th. Dr. Bekelis is also the Chairman of Neuro-interventional Services at Catholic Health Services and Director Population Health Research Institute of New York at Catholic Health Services.


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