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Time is Brain! Know Where to Go for Advanced Stroke Care and Recovery

(Jan. 14, 2013)—Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. You or a loved may be experiencing a stroke if one or more of the following symptoms occur suddenly:

  • numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
  • confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • severe headache with no known cause

Call 9-1-1 immediately.  Time is life, so it’s critically important that treatment be started fast.  But knowing who to turn to for help and recovery can be just as critical.  Fortunately, you now have access to the one of the best neuroscience teams in the world nearby. 

 

dsc_9837_newsPhoto Caption:  Dr. Harish Shownkeen, Medical Director of Neuro Interventional Surgery Program uses the new biplane angiography system at Silver Cross Hospital to diagnose and treat strokes.  

The Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute features a team of some of the most experienced specialists in the Chicago area, offering the full continuum of care that includes preventing strokes, halting them in their path, and providing the necessary rehabilitation to get stroke victims back on their feet and back to their lives.  

“Even before a patient with signs of stroke arrives in Silver Cross Emergency Department, a Code Stroke protocol is activated utilizing a team approach,” says Dr. Kathleen McCahill, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Stroke Program.   “Our goal is to make sure that every patient receives the right treatment immediately.” 

Whether it’s Thrombolytic drugs, tPA, or a life-saving procedure in Silver Cross Hospital’s new state-of-the-art neuro interventional suite, our stroke patients receive all the care they need all under one roof.  

The hospital’s latest addition is a biplane angiography system to diagnosis and treat strokes and other neurological diseases.   “This equipment allows specialists to extend the treatment window up to eight hours to stop a stroke and even reverse its effect,” said Dr. Harish Shownkeen, Medical Director of the Neuro Interventional Surgery Program at Silver Cross.  “Using this new technology, endovascular and surgical procedures can be performed more quickly and with an even greater level of safety for patients by cutting the normal procedure length and radiation exposure in half.”  

But what really sets the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute apart from other programs is the ability to not only diagnose and treat stroke but also recover patients right here at Silver Cross.  Silver Cross has partnered with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), which has been ranked the “Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991.  Stroke patients benefit from RIC at Silver Cross’ new 24-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit as well as four outpatient facilities—at the hospital, Homer Glen, New Lenox (Route 30) and West Joliet. 

“We know that a stroke is a frightening experience for not just the patient, but for everyone who cares for the patient,” says Dr. McCahill. “With Silver Cross you’re never alone — we’re committed to helping achieve the best life possible.” 

For a Free Stroke Awareness Kit, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.silvercross.org

Free Lecture

Dr. Harish Shownkeen, Medical Director of the Neuro Interventional Surgery Program at Silver Cross, will discuss the latest minimally invasive treatment and recovery options for new and recurrent strokes Tuesday, Feb. 19.  Stroke: State-of-the-Art Treatment Options will be held in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www.silvercross.org to register for the free program. 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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